Speaking in Dodoma during the handover ceremony of three buildings constructed by the National Service Corporation Sole ( SUMA JKT), the Director General of SIDO, Prof Sylvester Mpanduji said the completion of the project symbolizes a commitment towards building a middle income and industrial base economy.
Prof Mpanduji noted that the sheds would also go a long way in enabling entrepreneurs find spaces to put up small factories and as a result uplift the sector.
"This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Dodoma Region to make use of this sheds to invest in a form of small industries under our guardianship, our role will be to ensure that there is efficiency and quality is harnessed," Prof Mpanduji said.
He said that the buildings have cost a lot of cash from tax payers and thus SIDO was committed in ensuring that tenants are found to shun underutilization of resources.
"We (SIDO) have a role of advertising the buildings which have been put up in over five regions and make sure that they are occupied by entrepreneurs as was the intention of the government to use the sheds to further the objective to build a middle income and industrial country by 2025," he said.
He named the regions where the sheds have been put up as including Mtwara, Manyara, Geita, Kagera and now Dodoma, adding that information on how to invest in the buildings were available in SIDO's regional offices.
"Our intention is to support entrepreneurs and uplift them from the lower class product of goods to middle and eventually become larger producers while insuring that they meet set quality standards and get certification from government agencies dealing with quality control," he said.
Prof Mpanduji noted that the sheds are intended for small entrepreneurs only who are expected to move to other bigger facilities when they factories grow giving room to others to benefit as well.
He thanked the fifth phase government for having issued 5bn/- in the financial year 2017/18 which enabled the construction of over ten industrial sheds in various regions.
For his part, the Deputy Managing Director of SUMA JKT, Col. Ahmed Abbas Ahmed thanked SIDO and the government for having awarded the tender to the military promising to continue doing good and quality job for the long-term benefit of the people and the country.
The Dodoma SIDO Regional Manager, Sempeho Manongi said the completion of the project provides an opportunity to entrepreneurs in the region to invest in small industries.