Construction works on the K107 million first phase of Robert Makasa University in Chinsali district in Muchinga province are progressing well and nearing completion.
Muchinga Province Minister Gerry Chanda says works done so far are of quality standard adding that the university under construction is a master piece and a beauty on its own.
Colonel Chanda said this when he toured the project to check on the progress yesterday.
The minister said he is happy with the works that have been done so far saying the workmanship is impressive.
Colonel Chanda said the commitment and professionalism shown by the contractor is admirable and should be emulated by others in the construction business.
He also said once the project is completed it will add value and change the face of not only Chinsali but the entire province.
The minister further added that the Robert Makasa University is better designed than the country‘s highest learning institution, The University of Zambia.
Project Manager Mohamed Abdelhay said works are expected to be completed within two months if funds are released on time.
Mr Abdelhay said the failure to pay the contractor on time by the government has greatly affected the progress on the project.
He said government has not paid the company on the three claims of certificates which have been submitted so far.
And Site Engineer Goodson Nkaka Lombe said four lecture blocks have been completed and that other structures are at painting level.
Mr Lombe said the contractor is currently working on three hostels.
Robert Makasa University is being constructed by Egyptian contractor, Flame Construction Company.
Meanwhile, Colonel Chanda says he is happy that finally works on the Paul Mushindo University in Lubwa Mission have commenced.
COVEC Construction Company has been engaged by the government to construct Paul Mushindo University whose works are now on foundation level.