Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti has challenged Lafarge Zambia to ensure that it guarantees a steady supply of cement on the local market because road contractors are still complaining about inadequate supply.
However, Mr Mulongoti has commended the company for embracing the internationally required standards in cement production.
Officiating at the launch of the re-branded Mphamvu cement by Lafarge Zambia, Mr Mulongoti said he had been receiving complaints that contractors were still finding problems with supplies, which had been delaying completion of projects.
Although he was happy that the problem of acute shortages of cement had been sorted out after the completion of the US$140 million Chilanga Plant II by Lafarge, the firm needed to address the concerns by flooding the market with the commodity.
"As I go round the country to inspect projects, I still receive complaints from road builders that they have inadequate supply," he said.
Mr Mulongoti said it was pleasing to witness the massive investment by Lafarge in increasing production of cement, which had come with improvements in the standard of the commodity.