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Govt promises miners better working conditions

21st March 2012
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Energy and Minerals minister William Ngeleja

The government reaffirmed Monday its commitment to improve the working environments for mining workers in the country.

Launching the workers’ council of the Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) here, Energy and Minerals minister William Ngeleja said that mining sector plays an imperative role in boosting the country’s economy.

He urged the Council to help the government and other mining stakeholders supporting a swift growth of the sector.

Ngeleja also advised the Council to protect interests of employees in an effort to improve their wellbeing. He said that the Council would be very instrumental in defending workers’ rights.

“This is the first council since the establishment of the TMAA three years ago and it will make the agency go into extra mileage,” the minister said.

He was optimistic that in the coming weeks the TMAA will collect enough revenues from mining firms scattered all-over the country.

According to Ngeleja, establishment of the Council will help in making the working environments for employees in the sector better. “This will be an important tool in bolstering the sector,” he stressed.

He said that there were a lot of challenges facing the mining sector in the country that need collective effort to address.

The minister called on TMAA employees to effectively use the opportunity of having a new Council in place.

TMAA chief executive officer Paul Masanja said that his agency was very well placed to curb illegal exportation of minerals through checks at the two airports - Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airport.

He urged Tanzanians to trust the TMAA because he was optimistic that it would work with the new Council to protect their interests in the mining sector.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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