Local authorities charged to prioritize capacity building to enhance efficiency of contractors


Government has urged local authorities across the country to ensure that the bottlenecks faced by locally domiciled contractors in implementation of projects are worked on.

Local Government and Rural Development Permanent Secretary, Nicholas Phiri, said this could be done by ensuring that the local authorities put in place measures to build capacity of the contractors.

He tasked top officials to carry out sensitisation meetings with local communities especially on the Electronic–Government Procurement (E-GP) system as all procurement procedures would be carried out online.

Phiri was speaking when he held a meeting with Lupososhi Town Council and Luwingu Town Council management on Saturday.

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“The management and staff are the most important resource at the grassroots level and it is important that they work in unity with the purpose of serving the communities within their respective districts,” he said.

Phiri reminded the officials that efficient delivery of projects remained the core business of the government.

He stressed that each council must ensure its projects were of good quality, cost effective and delivered on time in line with government policy.

Lupososhi Town Council Secretary, Robert Mlauzi, thanked the government on the unwavering support the local authority had received since it was created in 2018.

Mlauzi said works on the construction of the civic centre using the Constituency Development Fund was at 75 percent completion.

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