Expansions of Dodoma Airport to handle large planes vital

01Aug 2016
Prosper Makene
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Expansions of Dodoma Airport to handle large planes vital

AS the government operations will shifted to Dodoma by 2020, experts have said that it is a good decision but said much more need to be done to improve infrastructure especially Dodoma Airport and roads.

Mexican Honorary Consul to Tanzania Reza Saboor.

Speaking over the phone with ‘Property Watch’, Mexican Honorary Consul to Tanzania Reza Saboor said: “The government should improve Dodoma airport to pave the way for larger and mid-size planes to operate from the designated capital.

This move would help many businessmen to visit the capital and invest, even though the government is currently expanding Julius Nyerere International Airport into terminal three, but in the near future has to think about expanding Dodoma airport” he said.

Saboor said the government’s shift to Dodoma, has brought a good move in business since many investors are now looking for areas to invest in the designated capital.

Saboor also said that the Tanzanian government decision to shift its operations to Dodoma has come at the right time since the Fifth Phase Government has high plans of improving the national economy.

“We hope to see the government performance improving after the shift to Dodoma, definitely the business environment in Tanzania is very friendly at present to shift the capital to Dodoma as well as attract more investors there,” he said.

He added: “Definitely, we will see the Tanzania economy improving, because many foreign investors are coming to invest in the country, some of which are attracted to invest in Dodoma where the government operations will be shifted to”.

The Consul went on to say that the government should also consider the need to expand the airport in Dodoma to allow more air transport space for the region to the world.

For his part, Africa Practice Tanzania Chief Executive Officer Charles Washoma said that the government took decades since the decision was made to shift the national capital to Dodoma without doing much about it.

“For the government ministries and other agencies to shift to Dodoma that’s a very good decision, but they have to understand that expansion of the present airport is very importantly.

Air transport is a major means of transport for top officials,” he said. Washoma also said that Tanzania’s decision to shift its government operations to Dodoma is the same as that of Nigeria moving its capital from Lagos to Abuja.

Lagos is now a blossoming and busy city in Africa. “Tanzania announced to shift the capital to Dodoma much earlier than Nigeria’s resolve to shift its capital to Abuja. But see what Nigerians have done By 1991 Nigeria had already moved their capital to Abuja—one of the continents’s well planned cities,” he said.

Zoe International Limited Managing Director Humphrey Muze said: “I am convinced that Dodoma will surely suffer acute shortages of many things. This may not amount to a disaster but much need to be done very quickly to do away with those shortages that may engulf the designated capital”. Muze added:

“The outcomes may prove to be alarming if there are lapses in how the shifting exercise is being crafted to work out. A simple survey will show you that we are still far behind the schedule to truly fit in most of the agencies into the present infrastructure.”

“But, let's hope that once the government is in Dodoma the infrastructures there will also develop to standard and goods will be in abundance,” he observed.

Speaking on the need to expand the airport in Dodoma to handle large and midsized commercial planes, Muze said: “This is an obvious necessity.

How does a nation expect to develop itself if the major players of this world are not able to reach the capital simply due to lack of a viable and large airport? It will make an economic sense at some point to have several airports of that nature not only in Dodoma but also in the surrounding regions”.

Expressing his views about what Dodoma is likely to be in five years after the government moved its operations there, he said: “Five years is a very short time for the entire government and the capital as a whole to operate at its utmost capacity and transform the landscape of our country.

Experiences elsewhere could help show how successful it took them and possibly how much time and money was invested to accomplish this if the five years are a milestone for now”.

He insisted: “We have to remember that it took us a long time to where we are and so we should realistically expect sometime to see a new capital in the horizon, fully operational and with much to offer to our national building initiatives.’

He added: “Everyone living inside and outside the country expects much but one should not lose hope for better days ahead if the devils in the details of this move are fully studied and budgeted well”.