2,501 villages benefit from UCSAF project 

27Apr 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
  2,501 villages benefit from UCSAF project 

AT LEAST 703 wards with 2,501 villages in the country have been connected to communication, thanks to the Universal Communication Access Fund (UCSAF).

UCSAF’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Peter Ulanga.

Since its establishment ten years ago, the fund has enabled some five million people who had not been connected to the mobile phone communication network had  received the services.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, UCSAF’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Peter Ulanga said the    success is part of the government contribution which is 26 per cent of the operational costs while service providers contributed 74 per cent of investment.

Speaking   ahead of the tenth anniversary commemoration by the fund, which starts today with its climax on 30th April, 2019, he said UCSAF has helped improve communication in many remote areas.

He said the week-long event will be held in Dodoma and the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa is expected to the guest of honour. “As we mark ten years of the fund in the country, we will also showcase activities of various service providers” he said, calling on the public to visit the shows at  Nyerere Square grounds in the city.

During the week, he said the fund will launch Information and Communication Technology (ICT) clubs at both Dodoma and Msalato secondary schools in the city on 28th April,2019 and also launch communication towers in Bahi and Gairo districts on 29th April,2019.

Outlining other achievements of the fund, Ulanga noted that as at now 94 per cent of Tanzanians live in areas connected to communication network whereby 70 per cent of them are users of telephone communication services. Ten per cent of this, he said has been contributed by UCSAF.

On schools internet network, the CEO noted that up to now over 500 schools had been connected and each school  had been given five computers and a printer.

He also noted that the government through ICT trained 800 primary and secondary school teachers in efforts to help them solve challenges facing their schools as far as ICT is concerned.

Other achievements include improvement of the national broadcasting corporation(TBC)’s coverage in the country .

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