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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Friday inaugurated the new building of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, which cost USD 92.5 million granted by the government.
The new facilities were built in the same place where, in 2007, a major fire consumed about a third of the old building. It was later demolished in December 2014.
In May 2015, construction of the new building started, and lasted for 22 months, over an area of 21,000 square metres.
The new six-storey building includes six blocks, with 178 offices (private and collective), with capacity to accommodate 618 staff. It also includes laboratories among other service areas.
The new facilities are fitted with electronic surveillance systems (CCTV); fire detectors; fire extinguishers; intrusion alarms; drinking water treatment systems, wastewater treatment systems and a 125 Kva electricity generator.
Speaking during the ceremony, shortly after end of his tour through the new premises, Nyusi stressed that from now on the ministry should focus on service delivery, seeking to attend the Agriculture needs of millions of producers and other stakeholders at all levels of the value chain of agricultural production in Mozambique.
‘With this building, we have solved the problem of physical dispersion of key organic entities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security which were scattered in many areas of the city of Maputo. This will help to reduce time, cost and processing of documents and improve intersectoral coordination’, stated the president.
Nyusi also believes that the building will improve the performance of the ministry and respond to the needs for the increase in both agricultural production and productivity.
‘It is therefore our expectation that the present infrastructure will contribute to increased efficiency and speed in the actions carried out by the ministry and improved capacity to respond to the concerns of citizens and institutions with a view to increase both production and productivity in Mozambique,’ said Nyusi.
He reminded that the old building suffered two major fires, and these could be blamed to the lack of adequate safety measures.
The president pointed out, as an example, that the sum invested for the construction of the new building could have been used, for example, to repair at least 119 kilometres main highway north-south (EN1).
Therefore, Nyusi advised the ministry’s management and staff to do their best to preserve the new premises, bearing in mind that they were built with taxpayers’ money. Therefore, collective efforts are required to ensure that new building will last for decades to come.Source: AIM