By Deogratias Mmana
President Lazarus Chakwera has directed the Ministry of Transport and Public Works to take stock of Malawi Engineers Institution (MEI) proposed solutions to the most pressing engineering problems the country is facing.
He said he expected a report to be submitted to the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) by the end of the fiscal year.
Chakwera said this yesterday when he opened the first ever annual conference for MEI in Salima.
The conference is being held under the theme: “Accelerating the Roadmap to Malawi 2063 through Engineering.”
He also challenged the MEI to prepare and present a report to the PDU on the state of the country’s infrastructure and the institution’s recommendations for accelerating the delivery of critically needed roads, rail, schools, hospitals, power plants and water and sanitation systems.
Chakwera said the implementation of Malawi Agenda 2063 requires quality engineers with best designs and who offer solutions to challenges that come their way.
He said Malawi deserves to be the best destination that will attract tourists and investors.
Said Chakwera: “We need this cohort and generation of engineers to believe that whatever our nation lacks can be built and must be built. Let your cohort be the one that sees that Malawi is in many ways an engineering project that needs your engineering solutions.
“What we do not need are engineers who come up with all sorts of excuses as to why it cannot be done or who waste time complaining about all the things getting in the way of it being done.”
While admitting that engineers face obstacles like delayed payments, lack of resources to finance the infrastructure gap and unfair competition between local and international players in the construction industry, Chakwera challenged the institution itself to find solutions to such problems.
Chief Executive and Registrar for MEI Arthur Wengawenga urged the engineers to think outside the box and come up with relevant infrastructure designs that are aligned to Malawi Agenda 2063.
“As engineers , we are aware of the task lying ahead of us on the path to Malawi Agenda 2063 there are big roes which engineers have to play in the course of coming up with the infrastructure that our nation needs,” Wengawenga said.