New structures transform Polytechnic’s face

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   January 22, 2019
PIC: One of the newly constructed building
The University Of Malawi- The Polytechnic has embarked on two major projects of constructing three multistory buildings within and across the Polytechnic Campus. The building accommodates workshops, laboratories, classroom and offices.

The Vice Principal, Dr Nancy Chitera, explained that these buildings are being constructed in regards to the pillars of the National Education Sector Plan. In their strategic plans, one of the pillars is to provide access to higher education.

“As an institution we decided to abide by this pillar by increasing the number of students. In so doing, we decided to develop more programs but we had insufficient infrastructure to accommodate more students,” Chitera explained.

She further said a team was assembled by the former principal, Dr Charles Mataya which developed a proposal for requesting funding from the African Development Bank and the Malawi Government.

According to the Estate Development Officer, Blessings Hudge, the first building which started in September 2016 was completed in February 2018 at the tune of $2.9million. It has three floors which comprise of conference rooms, classrooms, laboratories and offices.

“Another building which houses the biggest auditorium on campus is being constructed by Plem and City Contactors. This is one of the components of the Skills development project where by the consulting architect is Norman and Dorban,” She added

There are other two incomplete projects which according to the Project Coordinator Dr Ignasio Ngoma, are supposed to be completed by the end of January 2019.

“We expect to complete the building across by the 31st January and the handover   should be done in February,” Ngoma explained.

 The building which is being constructed across the Polytechnic Campus comprise of the ICT department offices, classrooms and conference rooms.

Similarly, this building is expected to be completed by February latest March 2019.

The Acting ICT Director Mrs Haleema Jika expressed her contentment on the new structure. She said, lately there has not been sufficient office space for the ICT staff. With this newly constructed building the staff will have modern offices where they are going to conduct their work freely.

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