He said since they represent the government in regions and districts they are stationed they should create exemplary legacies in their areas.
“If anything untoward happens, all of us bear the brunt, hence we should be serious in building up a good reputation of our ministry,” the minister added.
The minister made the remarks when opening the Mining Commission’s First Quarterly meeting for FY 2021/22 that aimed to discuss the improvement of various strategies to attain, or even surpass revenue collection target of 650bn/- set by the government for the current financial year.
“This is a good thing and the Minerals Ministry supports you in these efforts to ensure the ministry contributes 10 per cent to the GDP by 2025,” added Biteko.
He said the aim of President Samia Suluhu Hassan is to make the minerals sector to be the leading sector for the country’s economic growth.
He called on the officials to use the meeting for exchanging of experiences from their operations in areas they come from.
“The ministry has been tasked to collect 650bn/-, a huge sum, but you must not despair, continue to work hard to make the sector become a leading sector for the country’s economic growth,” said the Minerals minister.
He also called upon the officers to mete out justice and shun corruptive practices with miners as this will mar their reputation.
In regard to the revocation of mining licences, he said they should do so only after being satisfied that a licence qualifies to be revoked and in this they should not be swayed by external pressure.
He said in areas with minerals rush where mining licences have to be issued, this should be done with adherence to the laws.
“Assist Tanzanians by making them happy with the minerals sector, do your work justly and trustfully,’ he stressed.
Earlier, speaking before welcoming Minister Biteko, Minerals deputy minister Prof Shukrani Manya praised the mining officials present for their god work considering the huge areas they administer.
For his part, the chairman of Tanzania Mining Commission (TMC) Prof Idris Kikula called on the officials to work hard to make the institution have a unified concept.