Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Omar Mgumba said in Morogoro earlier this week after receiving the materials that the public should be creative and volunteer to build health centres, teachers’ houses and other infrastructure to improve delivery of services.
Mgumba who thanked NMB for the donation which included iron sheets, nails and timber, said the public has an important role in the development of the country starting from grass root levels. “The government appreciates that there are challenges in almost all important social services sectors but it is also a responsibility of the public to play a role in deciding on which projects should be given priority and also volunteer in construction work,” the Deputy Agriculture Minister noted while stressing that education and health remains the most sensitive areas with shortfalls.
Briefing the Deputy Minister, Morogoro Rural District’s acting Education Officer responsible for primary schools, Salim Samboka said the district has acute shortage of classrooms citing Mkuyuni Primary School which has 900 pupils who use nine classrooms only against a recommended 20 as per regulations.
“I would like to thank NMB Bank for this donation of iron sheets, nails and timber which will help us finish construction of three classrooms and reduce the overcrowding of pupils in one classroom,” Samboka said.
He also paid tribute to NMB’s management for donating 100 pieces of iron sheets to Kibwaya and Mfumbwe Primary Schools in the same district last year and urged the public to volunteer in construction work to speed up the project.
NMB’s Eastern Zone Manager, Baraka Ladislaus said in the past 12 months, the bank donated construction materials for schools, health centres in Morogoro region valued at 140m/- with Mkuyuni ward getting 25m/- of the amount.
“Some of the materials that we have donated include desks, tables and chairs for laboratories, beds and mattresses, medical equipment and other accessories,” Ladislaus noted while pledging to continue investing in communities which back NMB’s business activities which generate profits annually.
The country’s largest bank allocates a percent of its net profits annually to invest in community projects as part of its good corporate governance programme.