National Council for Construction (NCC) says the good political will demonstrated by government will help restore sanity in the construction sector.
NCC board chairperson Vitalis Mooya says his Entity is equal to the task to restore sanity in the construction sector saying political will show by government has now set the foundation.
Mr. Mooya notes that his industry is one of the major contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product ( GDP ) with a contribution of about 20 percent.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Copperbelt Deputy Permanent Secretary Daniel Kamenga, on Thursday, the NCC board chairperson said that the NCC is determined to do away with the past ills such as overpricing, corruption and poor workmanship, among others.
“We ( now ) have a government that is promising and has a very good will and attractive. This political will is very encouraging especially when it comes to professionals not only to us even everywhere and you know the three pillars that President Hakainde Hichilema has mentioned is the correct price, timely and quality of projects,” said Mr. Mooya.
The NCC has since has embarked on a consultative exercise with stakeholders for a road map of how to conduct business in the sector. The is expected to end this month.
Mr. Mooya told Mr. Kamenga that it is unacceptable that only five percent of major contracts are allocated to the locals after 58 years of independence.
In response , Copperbelt Deputy Permanent Secretary Kamenga urged the Council to pull up its socks saying government expects nothing less than quality infrastructure across the country.
“ With increased Constituency Development Fund (CDF), I expect to see more inspectors from the council inspecting CDF infrastructure projects so that quality works are the end products, “ said Mr. Kamenga.
He added that the province would soon embark on massive infrastructure projects which would need the input of the council to avoid short lifespans.