Magufuli orders timely arrival of ship equipment

17Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Mwanza
The Guardian
Magufuli orders timely arrival of ship equipment

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday directed permanent secretaries in the ministries of communication, finance, works and transport to ensure the required equipment for construction of ships in Lake Victoria arrives in the city by July 20, this year.

He gave the directives yesterday when he inspected the ongoing construction of a marine slope, and renovation of MV Victoria and MV Butiama in the Lake Victoria. He insisted the government has allocated 152bn/- from tax payer’s money to improve transport services in the Lake Zone.

He insisted on the permanent secretaries and contractors to communicate regulatory and ensure availability of relevant documents for the release of containers from the port. He said the 56 containers loaded with construction materials should reach Mwanza by July 20.

The President order the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) manager to give employment priority to employees currently working at the project.

This came after one of workers, Kasim Rashid told the President that their payments are low compared to their daily duties.

The project at Lake Victoria cost 22bn/- whereas the renovation work is expected to be completed by March 2020. Competition of the project will ease transport to residents of Mwanza and Kagera regions.

Speaking during the signing of four contracts for the construction of a new ship, marine slope, and renovation of MV Bukoba and MV Butiama in the Lake Victoria, President Magufuli explained that the new ship will cost 88.7bn/- and will be completed in the next 24 months.

The new ship is expected to carry 1,200 passengers and 400- tonne cargo.

The 100-metre-marine slope will cost $ 15.8, equivalent to 35.9bn/-.

The renovation of MV Bukoba and MV Butiama will jointly cost about 27bn/-. During his speech President Magufuli explained that the projects are meant to improve transportation in Lake Victoria by increasing capacity and quality of the vessels.

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