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Council firm on quality in construction industry

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By Mike Mataka:

The National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that all construction projects are done in line with international standards and that contractors do not compromise on quality.

As a way of improving construction projects’ management, the council has since embarked on training programmes where it would be equipping top project managers companies with construction and management skills.

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Speaking during the graduation ceremony of the first cohort at Soche Technical College on Tuesday, NCIC Chief Executive Officer Linda Phiri said the body noted a knowledge gap in the sector, especially among firms manned by non-technical managers.

“The training is crucial looking at the complaints we have been receiving from different clients. We observed that most of them are due to lack of capacity; as such ,after thoroughly consulting with stakeholders; we came up with a model which will be used when conducting these trainings,” Phiri said.

Phiri also said NCIC projects to reach out to over 1,000 managers in the next five cohorts and will not allow companies with un-qualified managers to operate in the industry.

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NCIC Council Vice Chairperson Ivy Luhanga, who was the guest of honour at the graduation, said the training would have an impact in improving quality in the industry.

“The training that NCIC conducted is part of its mandate to equip non-technical managers who have construction firms in the country for them to run their firms better,” Luhanga said.

One of the grandaunts Elisha Mazinga Mgwira said the knowledge acquired will go a long way in improving trends in the industry.

The three-month long training would be conducted in all regions of the country through Soche, Lilongwe and Mzuzu technical colleges.

During the first graduation, 20 participants were accorded certificates.

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