By Felix Mutambo
THE National Council for Construction (NCC) says it will not hesitate to deregister local contractors that will be awarded 20 percent worth of subcontracts from the Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriageway if they deliver shoddy works.
NCC Executive Director Eng. Ernest Nshindano says now that the Government is committed to ensuring that 20 percent of every major project is reserved for local contractors, its high time the local contractors expressed gratitude by delivering.
Speaking to The Scoop yesterday, Eng. Nshindano notes that those that will underperform risk their companies being deregistered.
“The Minister [of Finance and National Planning] reiterated during the signing ceremony of the commencement of Ndola-Lusaka Dual Carriageway that the 20 percent is reserved for local contractors and we expect them [contractors] to deliver or face deregistration,” Eng. Nshindano warned.
He adds that the Council is open to local contractors that may need help to deliver quality works so as to encourage Government to continue reserving the 20 percent allocations now that it is law under the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) and NCC.
Eng. Nshindano further says that the Council will continue providing training to local contractors to equip them adequately and has since thanked the Government for abiding by the law to reserve 20 percent of all projects for local contractors which he insists must be adhered to by main contractors.