President Lazarus Chakwera Friday lamented the sluggish approach to work among Malawians, especially those in public institutions, which he said is killing the country’s economy.
Chakwera has since called for speed in decision making, stressing that the country does not have all the time in the world to achieve Malawi 2063, the long-term development agenda.
“Our love of long processes that slow things down to a depressing pace is killing our economy. We need to change because the world is moving at a very fast pace and we are already lagging behind.
“We need to be a nation that sets deadlines and moves with speed to honour those deadlines by delivering results on time,” he said.
He made the remarks during the opening of the administration and teaching facilities at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), which have been completed after 10 years.
Chakwera said speed is what he also demands from his cabinet ministers since the country cannot afford to have public officers who are experts in dragging feet.
Commenting on the state-of-the-art facilities, the president said investments in agricultural higher education are critical to Malawi’s quest to become a self-reliant middle-income economy.
“This is also why I have personally requested the World Bank to support the Agriculture Higher Education in Malawi with resources amounting to US$30 million to facilitate centres of excellence in agriculture, three of which will be housed here at Luanar,” he said.
Luanar Vice Chancellor Emmanuel Kaunda said the existence of the facilities would allow for more innovations and research among students and lecturers.
“It’s a new era of more impact, an era of more growth. To us human capacity building means quality teaching and learning,” he said.
Luanar has an enrollment of 12, 000 students under Open Distance Learning (ODL).
The newly constructed facilities include a teaching complex that has two lecture theatres with a capacity of 410 students each, six laboratories for animal science, seed science, food nutrient analysis among others.
Minister of Education Agnes Nyalonje, said the ministry is working with Treasury to finalize arrangements with the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) and Old Mutual for the construction of a 4,000-bed capacity hostel at the university.
In the afternoon, Chakwera addressed a rally at Mitundu Primary School ground where he said his administration is tirelessly working on improving the hard social economic woes Malawians are going through.
He said he had sent Vice President Saulos Chilima and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and others to meetings with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to discuss ways of bailing out Malawi.