Vice President Saulos Chilima has lauded the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) Bunda campus in the innovative projects it is carrying out towards sustaining itself and improving its service
The Vice President made the remarks on Thursday after touring some multiple reform projects that the public university is implementing.
During the 3-hour tour, Chilima visited a multi-million kwacha filling station, new administration and learning blocks, and a 212 bed space hostel for females.
“As government, we are very impressed with the self-sustaining approach taken by Luanar because the income generating projects that the university is implementing will help it to be self-dependent than relying only on government for funds,” Chilima said.
He further said it is the wish of government to create standalone organisations that must be able to generate income for themselves and that Luanar has taken a lead towards that path.
“Our goal is to encourage public institutions to be innovative in devising means of income generation so that the funding they receive from government could be channeled to other development activities,” the second citizen said.
The Vice President cited the construction of the filling station as one of the innovative business model that will create jobs for students as well as communities around the institution.
Chilima noted that the reform projects at Luanar are in line with government’s vision of taking reforms from government to other levels.
“We want these reforms to trickle down from government to institutional level and even as far as domestic level in our homes,” he said.
Vice Chancellor for Luanar Professor George Kanyama Phiri said as a Public University, the institution wants to move with government on reforms through the office of the Vice President and one of the reforms is to move away from heavily depending on government.
“As public universities are increasing, the resources are getting limited. This is where we have to be innovative. One major area is to establish a business centre with the view to generate income and resources” Kanyama Phiri said.
Among other income generating projects the institution is implementing include the construct of a supermarket and improvement of the seed system unit for the sale of seeds to farmers.
Other infrastructures that the Vice President visited include the Bunda Main farm, The Water Supply Improvement Project and the Aquaculture Fish Centre.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :