President Jakaya Kikwete has urged regional commissioners, district commissioners and regional administrative secretaries to make sure that they supervise progress of science and technology in their areas, as progress of science is the foundation of development.
Closing a training programme that took ten days for senior regional administrative cadres, the President said that Tanzania wasn’t too backward in that field but emphasis needs to be given so that optimal progress can be registered. He cited an example of South Korea which he said started placing emphasis on science and technology in the early 1970s and was now a world leader.
He urged leaders at various levels to visit research centres in their areas to learn what problems they face in order to help them sort out bottlenecks impeding on their ability to fulfill their tasks. He said research centres are vital in development, and right now the government is going to place a lot of emphasis on research activities.
The first step in enhancing science and technology was to build school laboratories, along with teachers’ residential quarters so that those who can teach science subjects are motivated to work in rural areas, the President noted, saying also that availability of books is another important task.
The government was allocating about Sh30billion for research annually, and thus each research centre was receiving a subsidy from the government despite the budgetary constraints that the government is facing, the president added.