IT is disappointing that some Zambian contractors have often times failed to undertake their tasks diligently despite Government having tried to empower them, Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu has said.
Dr Kaingu said it was a pity that local contractors had been a let-down in most of the construction works the Government had been giving them.
Speaking during the tour and inspection of TEVETA affiliated colleges in Southern Province, Dr Kaingu said Government had tried its best to empower local contractors, but had been disappointed with the manner contractors had performed.
“It is a pity that despite efforts made by the Government to empower local contractors, their have been a let down, we have tried our level best as Government to ensure our local people are given contracts but instead we have been disappointed,” he said.
A local contractor, Liwanga Contractors that was engaged to construct and renovate Kasiya College in Pemba deserted the college.
Dr Kaingu said in 2009, Government awarded a contract to Liwanga Contractors to renovate Kasiya college in Pemba district at a cost of K7 million but up to now nothing was completed as per agreement.
But one of the surviving worker for the contracts said workers deserted the place because of lack of funds.
Dr Kaingu visited Kasiya Business and Secretarial College and Choma Trades in Choma district.
And Kasiya college principal White Chisi said the college had for years continued to produce quality secretaries, adding that more courses had been introduced to accommodate a number of school leavers.