President Banda says he expects trades training institutes to be transformed into centres of excellence that should provide youths with skills that are of international standards.
Mr Banda said government was dedicated to providing high quality technical and vocational training in proportion to the increased number of school leavers.
President Banda said this in Chipata today when he commissioned Phase One of new buildings at Chipata Trades Training Institute in Eastern Province.
The commissioned buildings include the administration block, classrooms, library and the workshop which started in 2007 and were completed in June this year at a cost of K3.4 billion. In 2008 government embarked on constructing two hostels at a cost of K3.6 billion and work is expected to complete soon.
The President said it was the task of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Vocational Training to ensure that the potential of Chipata Trades Training Institute is realized so that it could help expand economic opportunities to those who will pass through the learning institution.
He noted that the MMD government has invested huge sums of money in the construction and rehabilitation of vocational training institutes in the country to expand and upgrade the facilities for a better learning environment.
Mr Banda also said that government was carrying out construction works at other trades training institutes in Eastern Province, including Ukwimi Trades Training Institute in Petauke at a cost of K3.2 billion.
President Banda appealed to staff and students at the institute to maintain and care for the buildings, saying the facilities have been put up at great expense.
And, Chipata Trades Board Chairman, Fabiano Kapatamoyo, says the commissioning of the new buildings at the learning institution would enhance tertiary education in the province.
Mr Kapatamoyo thanked the President for ensuring the completion of the first phase of the institution by releasing resources on time.