OVER 40,000 people in Muchinga Province have been issued with National Registration Cards ( NRCs) in the on-going mobile registration exercise.
Provincial deputy permanent secretary Davy Chanda said this is against the target of 70, 000 people.
“The issuance of NRCs is going on well and we are above 40,000. We had targeted 70,000 and I am optimistic as a province, we will exceed the target,” he said.
Mr Chanda said the province has also started preparing for the voter’s card registration exercise scheduled to start later this year.
“Our people through the local authorities have started preparing for registration of voters and we are moving on well,” he said.
And Mr Chanda has appealed to Government to expedite the commissioning of Robert Makasa University in Chinsali.
He said people in the area have raised concern over the delay to commission the university which is practically complete.
Mr Chanda said the local authority fears that people might start vandalising the university if left unchecked.
“The community here and the province at large are asking us when Robert Makasa University is opening and it is also our concern that the university is 99 percent complete. The contractor(Flame Promotion and Procurement Limited) is now working on land scaping, Mr Chanda said.
The permanent secretary further expressed concern at the slow pace of works at Paul Mushindo University.
Mr Chanda said construction works are behind schedule, adding that the project has stalled.
He said most structures at the university are at foundation level.
And deputy Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education David Mabumba said Robert Makasa University will be commissioned before the end of this year.
Mr Mabumba , who visited the university, said the learning institution was scheduled to open last month, but the date was rescheduled to allow the contractor to work on sanitation systems and landscaping, among other things.