Minister Mhagama urges corporations to invest in community services

04Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Minister Mhagama urges corporations to invest in community services

CORPORATIONS have an important role to play in supporting government efforts to improve social services by investing in communities.

NMB Bank’s Business Head Wholesale and Government,  Filbert Mponzi (L) handing over medical equipment  to Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenista Mhagama at Mirerani in Simanjiro district last Friday. Photo: courtesy of NMB.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenista Mhagama said Simanjiro district of Manyara region during the weekend that corporations which include commercial banks should work in partnership with the government to improve social services.

Mhagama who was speaking after receiving hospital equipment worth 10m/- from NMB Bank Plc, commended the Dar es Salaam based bank for its commitment to invest in social services such as education and health.

“Once again, I would like to congratulate NMB Bank for this generous support which will help improve health services in Simanjiro district,” Mhagama who also inaugurated a public health centre at Mirerani, noted.

The Mirerani health centre will specifically offer treatment and care services to people living with HIV and AIDS from the tanzanite mines in the district. She commended NMB Bank for the donation, saying it will strengthen health delivery services, especially the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“As you well know, Mirerani is one of the areas which is badly affected by HIV/AIDS due to tanzanite mining activities,” she added while pointing out that the health centre will also cater for residents of neighbouring districts of Arumeru and Hai in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions respectively.

Speaking after officially handing over the donation, NMB’s Business Head Wholesale and Government, Filbert Mponzi reiterated the bank’s commitment to support the government in improving health services delivery.

“We appreciate what the government is doing in the health and education sectors including improving medical services both in the urban and rural areas as well as provision of free education,” Mponzi said.

He said since 2019 begun, NMB has donated items valued at over 400m/- towards education and health as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative noting that as a policy, the bank has for the seven years, allocated one percent of its profits to invest in community projects and emergy relief.

At Mirerani, the bank donated three delivery beds, six ordinary beds and 70 bed sheets plus a heart beat observation equipment.