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Parley committee on education happy with works on Robert Makasa Varsity

Lusaka Voice | Thursday 25.04.2013

The Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology says it is impressed with workmanship of the Egyptian company engaged to construct the KR 107 million Robert Makasa University in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province.

Committee Chairperson, Christopher Kalila, said this when his committee visited Robert Makasa University which is under construction in the provincial headquarters today.

Dr Kalila, who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for Lukulu East in Western Province, said his committee is happy with the construction works done so far, adding that the situation is different from other districts where such learning institutions are being constructed.

The Chairperson said the move to increase the number of tertiary education institutions in the country by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government is welcome but said there is need to bridge the gap between pronouncement and implementation of the same by those charged with such responsibilities.

Dr Kalila urged Flame Construction Company to speed up the works to enable the learning institution be operational soon and enable many school-leavers and others to access tertiary education.

And Muchinga Province Deputy Permanent Secretary (DPS), Jewis Chabi, said the project has created over 450 jobs for the local people in the area who have also ended up acquiring more skills.

Mr Chabi said the skills the local people have acquired will go a long way in enhancing their livelihood even after the construction works at the university are completed.

He said the Zambian workers employed by the Egyptian firm will be able to apply the skills they have acquired in future to improve their lives.

Among the structures under construction at the Robert Makasa University are two lecture rooms, two lecture theatres, a two storey library, four hostels and ten staff houses.