Slow classrooms’ delay irk Majaliwa

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has ordered Nkasi District Council Executive Director (DED) Mr William Mwakalambile to make sure construction of eight classrooms at Paramawe Secondary School is completed by end of this month.

The Premier issued the instructions after learning that the construction of the classrooms have consumed over 500m/-, but still not completed.

He added: “My instructions are very  clear … I  want these classrooms completed by December 31st to allow pupils who have passed the Standard Seven National Exam  to use them, when they report on  January 9th 2023, for the next academic year.”

Mr Majaliwa issued the directives on Wednesday when addressing a rally shortly after laying foundation stones at Paramawe Secondary School in Nkasi District, while on a working visit to inspect development projects in Rukwa Region.

The   government has this year allocated 470m/- through Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQUIP ) which has been spent in  construction of  the classrooms.

The Premier further said: “In the course, Nkasi District Council was issued with 30m/- yet the project was not completed…this is unacceptable, unlike in Mlele District Council in Katavi Region, where they spent only 260m/- and constructed 13 classrooms.

“I am directing Nkasi DED to allocate fund from internal revenue collections to complete the project by December 31st this year.”

Equally the Premier directed the DED to allocate funds from internal revenue sources to construct girls’ hostel at the school.

In a related development, Mr Majaliwa tasked the project supervisors, including school heads and ward councilors to make sure value for money in the construction of the new classrooms is observed.

He added: “The sixth phase administration wants to see the funds are disbursed and utilised well… we will not allow any loophole leading to embezzlement of the funds allocated for development projects.”

On her part, Rukwa Regional Commissioner Ms Queen Sendiga informed the Premier that the general construction work of 119 classrooms in secondary schools is progressing well and expected to be completed before the end of this month.

During his first day of working tour in the region, the Premier visited and inspected the construction of 3.3bn/- Nkasi District Hospital project.

In his address, he also directed the  President’s Office — Regional Administration and Local Government (PO- RALG) ‘s Deputy Permanent Secretary (Education) to visit the project and find out why seven buildings have not been  constructed, while the fund  was disbursed a year ago.

The Premier is in Rukwa region for three days working tour to inspect development schemes being implemented in the region.

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