Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota is disappointed with delays in commencing the construction of a poultry house for the Samba North Women club in Lunga district.
Engineer Mushota wondered why there was no progress when 50 percent of the One Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand Kwacha Transforming Landscape for Resilience and Development (TRALARD) funded project was released in October last year.
Speaking when he visited the project site, Eng. Mushota directed the District and Council Administration to get involved and assist the community address the procurement challenges that have delayed the commencement of the project.
Eng. Mushota has since given the district up to the end of February to procure all the materials and commence the construction works.
He said the project was important as it was meant to reduce poverty and vulnerability in the area as it was highly impacted by the effects of climate change.
“As I was coming here, I expected to find a complete structure. But I am disappointed to find nothing has been done apart from a few bricks which have been ferried on site,” he observed.
And Eng. Mushota has challenged the technical team to devise the best ways in which the project can be implemented taking into account the unique features of the area.
He said in his view, the planned use of bricks to put up the super structure may not be ideal as it will make the structure too heavy for the loose sand soil to sustain, which may lead to the structure sinking.
The PS further urged the beneficiary community to actively participate and ensure that they provide all that is needed for the project to be a success.
Earlier, Samba Women Club Secretary Joseph Musonda attributed the delay in commencing the project to procurement challenges.
Mr Musonda said even though the initial funding was received in October last year, they have faced serious challenges in procuring the materials needed for the project.
He said apart from sand, all the materials needed such as poles, cement and roofing sheets are supposed to be bought from outside the district and transported by water.