Second Republic prioritises girl child safety

By Tapiwa Machemedze

The Second Republic efforts to ensure the girl child is not left behind in the developmental trajectory are bearing fruit, after completion of a 352-bed female hostel at Bindura University of Science Education.

Construction of a 352-bed female hostel at the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) is complete, with students expected to be accommodated in the new facility within the next two weeks.

BUSE Vice Chancellor, Professor Eddie Mwenje said the project is the first phase of a 752-bed hostel block which comes with the construction of access roads and a car park.

“We want to thank government for its vision and thrust to ensure accommodation provision. The President himself wanted to ensure that the girl child is protected. There was an emphasis that we develop female hostels first so that we may mitigate the vices that affect the girl child,” he said.

Construction began in 2011, but was stalled by financial challenges, with Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Implementation of Government Programmes, Dr Joram Gumbo intervening in 2020 to ensure the project was back on track.

“There are quite a number of projects that the nation really needs to know about what is happening at this university. It has been an eye opener for me to see what this university can produce and what its plans for the future are. As the mantra by His Excellency is ‘let’s build our country brick by brick, stone upon stone.’”

Bindura University has also furnished the engineering workshop at the recently completed innovation hub.

The projects will be officially commissioned on the 14 of next month.

The hostel brings the university’s accommodation capacity to 750 students.