Union President Dr. Jakaya Kikwete has directed mayors in Dar es Salaam city municipalities and executive directors to properly realign and name the streets in the various suburbs to pave the way for a postcode project starting soon in Dar es Salaam region.
The President issued the directive yesterday during an inauguration ceremony for individual addresses and postcode numbers, a new project by the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA).
“I want you to carry out this exercise as part of your obligation by naming city streets without costs,” he said, noting that naming streets and providing house numbers is key to facilitating the postcode project.
The President expressed surprise at the fact that most city streets except for the city centre and some well organized suburbs do not have names, saying he had bought a plot at Tegeta in 1988 and even now he doesn’t know the name of the street on which his plot is located.
With provision of street names the postcode project would also advance, with less resistance once it starts operating, he said, noting that the postcode method is new to most city residents and elsewhere in the country. Coordinators will have to provide education on its importance to the general public, for it to be sustainable in the city and then be spread out countrywide.
The postcode system shall help to know the precise location of individuals by residential addresses in their suburbs, details which would be included when applying for a national identification card.
The government is implementing the postcode project in its quest to meet international standards of identifying places using appropriate technologies, he said.
On the basis of the Electronic and Postal Communication Act No. 3 of 2010 and its regulations formulated in 2011 task TCRA in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology to implement the project.
Naming of the streets is one way to facilitate the project’s activities to the fullest as the project is vital in boosting the city as a tourist destination and for expansion of business activities, he further observed.
Meanwhile, the president has congratulated the Minister for Lands and Human Settlements, Professor Anna Tibaijuka for her being appointed special envoy for the postcode project in Africa by the World Postal Union.
Dr. Didas Masaburi, the city mayor, assured the public that the city authorities will supervise the work through the three municipalities in tandem with the collaboration of other stakeholders.
Noting that about 70 percent of city dwellers live in unplanned settlements, he said these are areas likely to pose big challenges in bringing the project to success, expressing the desire that all houses in the city be accessible in drawing them into the postcode system.
The city authorities intend to form various committees to handle specific areas for implementing the street naming exercise, in addition to putting up plans to provide security in the streets in each within suburb, starting with the provision of street lighting.
TCRA director general Professor John Nkoma said the regulator wishes to upgrade the quality of residential localities mapped out in readiness for the postcode project.
Postcode addresses enable delivery of letters, parcels or purchases where agents of the post office or certified private operators deliver such consignments at the doorstep.
With a population estimated to be close to 45 million, the country has 173,000 post office boxes, whose address is singularly within the city, implying that parcels must be fetched from the post office or at a distribution office for goods, not placed on a postal service for delivery.
Postcodes would also ease tourism guidance in Dar es Salaam as tourists like backpackers would be able to find the relevant attractions without having to obtain auxiliary service providers just to get to a particular place, he pointed out.