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State challenges construction body

GOVERNMENT has embarked on the expansion of infrastructure at Ndeke mini-hospital in Kitwe at K1.7 million. Above, workers at the construction site in the early stages of the project. PICTURE: NKOMBO KACHEMBA.

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has challenged the National Council for Construction (NCC) to strengthen its regulatory framework to enable the country to fully benefit from the industry.
Ministry of Transport and Communications permanent secretary Misheck Lungu said there is need for the NCC to ensure that discipline is maintained in the sector.
Mr Lungu said at the two-day stakeholders’ consultative meeting organised by NCC in Lusaka last week, that most local contractors have a tendency of doing shoddy works which has put a dent on the sector.
“My ministry will support you in this course, so as NCC, be proactive, make sure you regulate all the players in this industry, and if the regulations do not support you take them back to parliament so that they can be reviewed.
“We want discipline in the industry, we do not want to have cases were projects are abandoned or are badly done, so make sure you up your game,” Mr Lungu said.
He said Government will not accept sub-standard works by local contractors as it is costly, because the work would have to be re-done.


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