Works on North-western Occupational Health and Safety building in Solwezi which were scheduled for completion in July 2014 have stalled at structural level.
The building costing more than K2.810 million has remained incomplete since the commencement of construction in April 2012.
Chemfu Contractors and General Dealers have demanded an explanation from government on lack of release of funds towards the building.
The contractor expressed disappointed at the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) lack of commitment to the completion of the infrastructure.
Speaking in an interview Chemfu Manger Kelvin Chibwe said his company had delayed in completing the project because the contractor had not received adequate funding.
“Out of the said K2.810 million we have only received about K1.3 million making it difficult for us to complete the project on time, the project was said to have been fully funded so where has the rest of the money gone” he asked.
Mr Chibwe said the contractor was eager to complete and hand over the building but cannot do so without funding.
“We have written to the MOH, Ministry of Works and Supply and the Local Public Administration and we are yet to receive a response”, said Chibwe.
He disclosed that in an effort to make some headway on the project his company acquired a loan of K120,000.
The contractor who is based in Chingola lamented that the company had incurred various costs that could have been avoided with adequate funding.
“We have various responsibilities and employees who have been working on the buildings that need to be paid because they also have families to take care of, but as at now we are not sure if we will be given the necessary funds,” he said.
The contractor who has continued carrying out minor works on the project accused the Ministry of Health of gross neglect and lack of desire to communicate with the contractor.