Construction and inspection companies in Angola that build sub-standard projects will be barred from competing for public tenders launched by the Ministry of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, the minister of health, announced on Saturday in Luena.
The minister expressed her position during a visit to the Regional Hospital of Camanongue (Moxico), where she found irregularities such as construction of the Emergency Room in the centre of the hospital instead of the front, as well as access and other technical issues.
Lutucuta pointed out that the lack of quality of the work and failure to meet international standards is due to the fact that the construction companies “enter into agreements” with inspectors so they do not carry out their real role as inspectors and representatives of the owners of the project.
She said that the situation found in the municipality of Camanongue is widespread in the country, which is why she promised to ban companies that do not correct their mistakes, using their own resources, from taking part in future public tenders.
“There is a reality across the country in which contractors reach an agreement with inspectors so they do not carry out their role of correction and inspection. We will remove these companies from public tenders; we want quality work,” she said, quoted by Angolan state news agency Angop. (macauhub)