Board absence unsettles NHA workers

GOVERNMENT is looking to put inplace a board of directors at the National Housing Authority (NHA) which has been operating without one since 2011, Local Government and Housing deputy minister Nicholas Banda has revealed.

He said in an interview that the absence of a board has been a source of worry and that the ministry would constitute one to oversee the operations at the authority.

“As you are aware, Government cannot work without a board and its absence has been a source of concern for the ministry, which has made a decision to put one in place as soon as possible so that it can start its functions. It is very difficulty for Government to operate without  it,” Mr Banda said.

In 2011 after the Patriotic Front assumed power, the NHA board of directors was dissolved  but up to now, the Ministry of Local Government  and Housing has not constituted one.

This has given rise to speculations with NHA workers accusing management of asset stripping.

And Minister of Local Government and Housing  John Phiri has observed that  the construction industry has not been fully exploited to the benefit of the people.

He said more efforts were needed to be put in place using abundant natural resources to add to improved infrastructure in the country.

Dr. Phiri said this in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Mr Banda during the official launch of Build Zambia and Water Trade Show on Thursday.

The minister said Zambia still needed both domestic and external investors to complement efforts in developing the country.

“The potential for the constuction industry, agro business, energy, and water development has not yet been fully exploited to the level of benefitting the majority of our people.

Zambia, like most developing countries, is well endowed with natural resources that could greatly improve the quality of life of the people of Zambia,” he said.

Dr Phiri said that Government had in the recent past increased investment to the industry but observed that more still needed to be done.

“I must state that Government in the recent past has increased investment in these sectors as a deliberate policy of accelerating sustainable socio-economic delopment, but we still need both domestic and external investors to supplement our efforts in building Zambia for posterity,” he said.

Dr Phiri observed that Government was aware that investment in various sectors of the economy would contribute to economic development.

“As Government, we are cognisant of the fact that investment in various sectors of the economy will contribute to job creation, poverty reduction, economic growth, and development,’’ he said.

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