President Peter Mutharika has said government has lined up a number of development programmes for the Eastern Region to uplift people’s living standards.
Mutharika said the development initiatives include community technical colleges, rehabilitation of the Liwonde–Mangochi Road, Mangochi–Makanjira Road and construction of Monkey Bay Rural Growth Centre.
“I am determined to develop this nation. Those critics who are saying we are doing nothing might be living in another planet in Jupiter, perhaps, where it would take 10 to 15 years to reach,” Mutharika said.
“Slowly and slowly we are developing this country. The Chinese government, which supported big investments such as the Parliament Building and the Bingu National Stadium have also committed to assist with seven other huge projects to be undertaken soon,” he said.
Mutharika was speaking yesterday when he launched the community technical colleges initiative for the Eastern Region with the opening of the Mangochi Community College, which has cost government K264 million.
The President said skilled labour was crucial to the country’s industrialisation process, which in the end would facilitate manufacturing and exportation of different products, thereby earning Malawi the much-needed foreign exchange.
He said government is determined to develop skills among the youth for gainful employment upon realising that community technical colleges have the potential to improve the country’s economy.
He also disclosed that government would construct an international airport in Mangochi to suit its standards of a tourist destination.
Minister of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development Henry Mussa said Mangochi Community Technical College was the 12th to be established before 2018, and that 16 more would be constructed by next year to take the figure to 28.
Technical, Educational, Vocational and Training Authority (Teveta) board chairperson Gilbert Chilinde said the authority would continue to lead in the effort to make establishment of community technical colleges across the country a reality.