GOVERNMENT should seriously police the low quality works being done by some road contractors working on some roads in the country, says Copperbelt Show Society Chairman Bill Osborn .
He said road rehabilitation works in the country were being done at a high cost and so it was important for Government ensure quality control of road rehabilitation.
Mr Osborn said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that Government should dispel concerns that the road infrastructure development had stalled at the moment.
“Roads infrastructure development appears to have stalled at the moment and there is also the issue of high cost and low quality with some contractors.
“The cost per kilometre here is in some instances as much as five times higher than in other developing countries and it is of vital importance that this be looked at together with thorough policing of quality control,” Mr Osborn said.
He said the railways infrastructure rehabilitation needed to be expedited to provide a viable alternative to road transport which was sagging under the weight after being rebuilt.
“A strong and reliable railway system would be a sure alternative to the road transport system which is being pounded every day by heavy trucks. So i think it is imperative that the railway infrastructure rehabilitation is expedited,” Mr Osborn said. He said the manufacturing industry needed reinvigorating by both new investment and rehabilitating existing infrastructure.
“In the 1970’s for example, Ndola was the hub of manufacturing in the country, but now it is a shadow of its former glory. The same goes for all of Zambia and once it has been resurrected, there will be less need to spend our valuable resources on importing finished goods. This can be achieved provided quality is matched to quantity and variety,” Mr Osborn said.
He urged Government and mine owners to find a mutually agreed final settlement on mining tax regime so that investment in production projects and expansion programmes could move forward to create more jobs and secure existing ones.
“Without a mutually agreed final settlement on the tax regime, it would be difficult for mining companies to continue with their planned production and capital projects, hence am urging both Government and mine owners to find a mutually agreed final settlement on mining tax regime so that investment in production projects and expansion programmes can move forward to create more jobs and secure existing ones,” Mr Osborn said.