16 January 2013

Zambia: Veep Happy With Lusaka Stadium Works

REPUBLICAN Vice-President Guy Scott has expressed happiness with the progress made at the US$94 million Lusaka Stadium saying there was need to commercialise the stadium once completed in January 2014.

The Vice-President, who toured the under construction Lusaka Stadium yesterday, said there was need to have a taskforce in place to oversee all matters that would require immediate attention once the Chinese construction firm completed its works.

He said there was need to commercialise the stadium by providing facilities such as shops, hotels so that travelling fans can find whatever they wanted within the confines of the stadium unlike the situation at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

"Let us ensure that we commercialise the stadium by putting up shops, hotels that can provide our fans with all necessities needed once there are here and also let this stadium make money as we run it," he said.

Scott said the main reason for touring the stadium was to establish what the Government was supposed to do so that the stadium could start working once works were completed.

He said there was need to ensure that stadium works were completed together with those required to be fulfilled by the Government such as creating drainages, access roads, provide running water and electricity.

Scott said he did not like the attitude of doing things at the last minute emphasising that a lot of issues needed to be addressed including transportation to and from the Stadium.

He said he was hopeful that Shanghai Construction Group would complete works on time and that having such a structure would help improve the standards of sports in the country.

And Finance and National Planning Deputy Minister Miles Sampa, who is also Matero Area Member of Parliament, said the ministry was ready to release the funds to ensure that works were done at the stadium.

Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yu Xzao said the reason for being part of the tour was to push the Zambian Government to finish what it had been tasked to do to avoid the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium episode where the opening of the stadium was delayed.

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