GOVERNMENT has released funds to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services for construction of a double-storey broadcasting complex and associated external works in Choma District. The ministry is now inviting bids for the construction of a double-storey broadcasting studio office complex. Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba yesterday issued the Invitation For Bids (IFB) advertisement in yesterday’s edition of the TIMES OF ZAMBIA dubbed MIBS/02/2013. “The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified local contractors registered with the National Council for Construction (NCC) Category B and C, Grade 3 or 4 to undertake the construction of a double storey broadcasting studio, office complex and associated external works in Choma-Southern Province,” Mr Mwamba said. He said the tender had a preferential procurement clause for bidders registered with Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) in line with the Zambia Public Procurement Agency (ZPPA). The ZPPA circular number two of 2011 contended that a citizen-influenced company should have four per cent, citizen-empowered company eight per cent, while a citizen-owned company should have 12 per cent. This comes barely a few weeks after Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Mwansa Kapeya told Choma residents that Government had allocated about K22 million for the construction of provincial television (TV) studios in Choma and Solwezi. Mr Mwansa said during the launch and distribution of 36,000 copies of local language newspapers countrywide that Government’s desire was to construct TV studios in all the 10 provinces. The minister said Choma and Solwezi, being provincial headquarters of Southern and North-western provinces respectively, would be the first beneficiaries under the phase one project.