Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela has instructed the National Road Fund Agency -NRFA and the Road Development Agency -RDA to always ensure that local contractors are supported in accordance with government policy.
Mr. Chitotela says he has received complaints from local contractors that they are not being engaged and those contracted are not being paid.
The Minister noted that it is important that Government supports local contractors because they will help grow the country’s economy.
Mr. Chitotela was speaking when he met officials from the Engineering Institute of Zambia -EIZ, RDA and NFRA at his office.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chitotela disclosed that President Edgar Lungu will officiate at this year’s Engineering Institute of Zambia -EIZ- Annual Symposium and General Meeting to be held in Livingstone from the of April 26th to 27th, 2019 under the theme Sustainability and national development.
And EIZ president Sydney Matamwandi said engineers in the country are happy with the infrastructure being rolled out in the country especially those relating to engineering.
This is contained in a statement issued by Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Public Relations Officer Jeff Banda.