Government through the Inter-Ministerial task force on Infrastructure has applauded the progress of works on the Expansion of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport stating that the infrastructure is steadly moving towards opening.
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu last week constituted an inter Ministerial Task Force on project implementation to inspect and ensure the speedy completion of all infrastructure projects in the country.
The Task Force comprises of Ministers of Finance, General Education, Higher Education, Local Government and the Minister of Agriculture, Ministers of Health, Home Affairs and Housing and Infrastructure Development.
Speaking yesterday morning during a tour of the Terminal 2 Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela who is the Committee Chairperson said the progress the contractor has made is a clear indication of government's commitment and determination towards developing Zambia.
“The progress the contractor has made on the project reflects President Lungu' commitment and determination towards developing Zambia”
He announced that 70% of the works have been done and as per the contract the project was to be handed over to government in October 2019 but will be completed 6 months ahead of schedule.
“The contractor has indicated that Yes the project was set to be completed in October 2019 but 70%of the worksworks have been done and will be completed 6months ahead of schedule”
To support the Country's economic objectives, the Patriotic Front government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu embarked on the expansion of Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, the Project commenced last year and is being constructed at a total cost of $360 million.
The Airport Comprises a 70 capacity modern Hotel, state of art new Terminal building with the capacity of 4 000 000 passengers. The Terminal will also have 30 transit rooms, a new Presidential stand alone Pavilion, Cargo ware houses, Fire stations, Rescue Centres, Air Traffic Control Building and Tower, Zambia Airport Headquaters, Shopping Mall and Car Parks
The Minister said the coming of this utra modern International Airport will boost the countries economy starting that International trade will be enhanced which acts a catalyst in economic growth.
Meanwhile, Hon. Chitotela announced that government has signed a momorundum of understanding for the creation of an international airport in Kasaba Bay and an airship at Luamangwe water falls of Luapula Province.
He said as government and the Ministry in charge of Infrastructure in the country they will make sure the Copperbelt Aiport comes as a full intergrated facility that will have everything that is required to service the Ministry of Transport and Communication uplifting the face of the countries transport industry.
However, Hon. Chitotela retaliated that as government they will not distructed by naysayers in taking development to all parts of this country.
“Zambia's are seeing the development that is being rolled out country so as a government we will not be distructed”
The Chairperson stated that the task force has already started implementing the Presidents directive on ensuring all projects move and are completed on time.
He said “Ours is work work work work work work because ours is a generation of planners for today's generation and generations to come”