PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he is deeply concerned by the unpatriotic attitude of some local engineers engaged to carry out works on behalf of Government.
The Head of State said this at a meeting he held with the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) Council today to inquire why government projects take too long to finish and why there are so many shoddy works compared to those in the private sector which are completed on time and of better quality.
“I called for this meeting to get an explanation from EIZ as to why government projects take too long to finish and characterized by shoddy works compared to those in the private sector which are completed on time and of better quality,” President Lungu said.
The Head of State said government is not only losing money due to the poor quality of works by the local engineers but also is losing lives.
He has since called on the institution to rise to the challenge and defend their noble profession by offering credible engineering advice to government.
President Lungu said government does not take pride in seeing foreign companies building roads and called on the institute to take up its role in infrastructure development.
“We are looking up to our own engineers to demonstrate capacity and do more as far as developing our country is concerned. It will make us all proud to see quality works done by our local engineers,” said President Lungu.
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Lusaka is totally transformed, but utupuba tu letalika, President Edgar Lungu says
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has bragged at how Lusaka has greatly transformed owing to various projects his Government has initiated.
Speaking when he commissioned the Arcades Fly-over bridge in Lusaka, President Lungu said Government will continue to improve the face of Lusaka as it is the capital city.
He said the city has totally transformed, stressing that “a diplomat who left Zambia and was recently visiting from South Africa could not remember Lusaka because of the way it has been transformed”.
“He told us that he could not trace where he used to stay here in Lusaka and that is a fact because Lusaka is totally transformed, but ‘utupuba tu letalika’ (small fools are arguing),” The head of State said.
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