Chakwera calls for investment in human capital development

President Lazarus Chakwera has stressed the need for the country to put more resources in areas of high value such as infrastructure development, human capital and governance of digitalization.

Chakwera said this on Friday during the official opening of a new administration building and teaching facility for Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) at the university’s campus in the Lilongwe,

The president said it is only through investing in high value sectors and embracing mechanization that the country can achieve sustainable social economic development. 

Chakwera particularly cited mechanization as an aspect that needs to be scaled up, especially in the agriculture and natural resources sectors for the Malawi 2063 Agenda to be fully realised.

“We must scale up our mechanization; our mechanization must focus on crops that have high value to our economy. We also need to attract investors that can help the economy to be diversified,” the president said.

Chakwera further said agriculture remains the fundamental development pillar of the country’s economy, hence the need for people working in the sector to continue building their capacity.

The Malawi Leader also informed Malawians he decided to continue projects that were initiated by the previous government because he believes continuation of such projects would help the country to develop.

He cited completion of the newly built magnificent administration block at the university which was started by late President Bingu Wa Mutharika as an example of the many projects his administration is geared to complete.

Chakweraot happy with delays in completion of projects in the country Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

The President, however, expressed worry with the pace at which the country is developing, saying the nation is moving in motion slow motion.

“It has taken 12 good years for this building to be completed. We should criticise ourselves for the slowness which is killing our country. We are slow in work, slow in movement and procurement. We are slow, slow and very slow,” he lamented, saying the country cannot continue to move slowly because all other countries in the world are fast developing.

The president then commended LUANAR for spearheading the country’s development through knowledge sharing and research.

In his remarks, LUANAR Vice-Chancellor, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda said the newly constructed building will increase intake of the university, thereby contributing to the realisation of Malawi 2063 Vision.

“Human capacity is key enabler to the achievement of Malawi 2063 Vision and these new structures will ease teaching and learning for lecturers and students,” he said.

President of LUANAR Students Union, Maya Kachepa, hailed the president for the building, saying it will motivate the students to work hard.

“It is a great honour for us to be learning in such a facility and our dreams to learn in such a building has come true during your leadership,” he said.

Kachepa, a third year student who is studying for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, promised the president that students will take good care of the two buildings.

He, however, said the university is facing many challenges ranging from water scarcity, power, and inadequate space for both lecturers and students.

Kachepa said over 600 students are accommodated outside the campus in very dilapidated rooms which, he said compromises teaching and learning at the university.

The new administration building and the teaching facility have been fully funded by the Malawi Government.

LUANAR was established to advance knowledge and produce relevant graduates with entrepreneurship skills for agricultural growth, food security, wealth creation and sustainable natural resources.