By Cedric Nkungula
President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera says he will never follow the tendency of frustrating the completion of development projects that were left unfinished by previous administrators.
Chakwera made the remarks on Friday when he innaugurated a K13 billion Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources ( LUANAR) gateway administration and teaching complex in Lilongwe.
The magnificent infrastructure has been built with resources from Malawi Government.
The facility has two lecture theatres that will accommodate 410 students each and also has six laboratories with two of them having a capacity of 120 students each.
“One of the things I am committed to as a servant of Malawian people is not to continue the past practice of frustrating or obstructing the completion of projects that were left unfinished by previous administrators. I said I will not do that. Infact, when I accepted to be the chancellor of this university on November 19, 2020, I promised to ensure the smooth and speedy completion of these facilities that has taken four different administrations to see it done,” emphasized Chakwera.
“This kind of continuity of projects across different administrations is worth celebrating. It is the kind of continuity that I believe in because without it, our long term national development agenda as outlined in Malawi 2063 will simply not be achieved.”
The president said continuation of development must be celebrated and not be politicised because development is a constitutional right.
“Section 30 of our construction could not be emphatic when it says that all persons and peoples have a right to development and therefore to enjoyment of economic, social, cultural and political development,” the president added.
Speaking earlier, Minister of Education Agness Nyalonje described access to higher education as a critical vehicle which can be used to achieve social economic development of the country.
She said her ministry is working tooth and nail to address the various challenges rocking the education sector .
“This is a listening government. We are working tiressly to address these challenges. This is work in progress. We know we can’t do it in one day but doing it we are,” Nyalonje said.
Chairperson of LUANAR Council Professor Zachary Kasomekera thanked Chakwera administration for playing a crucial role in ensuring that the project comes to completion.
“We thank you because once you assumed power, your government immediately provided finances for completion of the project,” he said.
Maya Kachepa LUANAR Students Union President said students will ensure that the new facility is taken care to also accommodate future students after they are gone.
He also pleaded with the Chakwera administration to consider increasing the number of students eligible to access loans.
In his remarks, LUANAR Vice Chancellor Professor Emmanuel Kaunda said he was happy that at long last, the challenges that were being felt due to limited learning space have been solved.
“With this upgraded learning environment, expect our teaching staff to perform beyond recognition,” he said.