Mzuzu City Council has embarked on an ambitious project to construct a civic office complex worth K12 billion.
Speaking on Thursday when Vice-President Saulos Chilima visited the site, the council’s chief executive officer Gomezgani Nyasulu said the structure is expected to be completed by 2025.
He said: “We expect all offices for the council, which are scattered all over in unconducive environments to be housed in one unit.
“The other important aspect is that we will have a civic chamber for town hall meetings.”
Nyasulu said the new building will be a motivation to workers.
“The challenge we have is high staff turnover. One contributing factor is that we are operating in unconducive environment. Once the building is built, we hope that our workers will be motivated,” he said.
Chilima said government is committed to funding the project so that they do not miss deadline.
He said: “We will make sure that this project doesn’t become another white elephant.
“But what we should worry about is cost overrun. If it’s planned for three years then we have to stick to that lest we have cost overrun.”
Chilima agreed with Nyasulu that one motivation for staff retention is a good working environment.
“Although the project is at ground level, what is impressive is the design itself. It is a magnificent structure which will change the face of the city,” he said.
The project, under Plem Construction, is receiving funding from Treasury through the Ministry of Local Government.