Minister wants Karanga shoe making factory completed before February 2

17Jan 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Minister wants Karanga shoe making factory completed before February 2

MINISTER of State, Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliament, Labor, Employment, Youth and People with disabilities) Jenista Mhagama has ordered the contractor constructing the Karanga shoe making factory at Karanga prison in Kilimananjaro to complete the work before February 2, this year.

Mhagama gave the directive on Wednesday, shortly inspecting progress implementation of the project that is being implemented jointly by the Public Service Social Security Fund (PSSSF) and the Karanga prison.

 She said there were no reasons for the delay since all the required funds have been disbursed.

According to Mhagama the factory is one of the key strategic projects implemented by the government, hence the need for the contractor to comply with agreed terms of contract for the factory to start operating as planned.

“I am not satisfied with the construction speed of the project, I have given instructions to prison administration to ensure sufficient equipment and professionals in all construction areas for the project to be completed by 2nd February this year”, said Mhagama insisting all the machines should be installed by the set date.

The Minister urged the contractor not to hesitate requesting for support from other construction stakeholders such as the National Housing Corporation (NHC) and the army’s construction department—SUMA JKT to ensure the factory is completed on time.

Completion of the factory will result into Tanzanians getting jobs, she said.

Mhagama also called on all institutions involved in the project, including the PSSSF, Tanzania Industrial Development Research Organization (TIRDO) and the Karanga prison administration to fully manage the technical provisions to make the project timely accomplished, as the government is not ready to incur extra cost on the project.

Senior Prison Assistant Commissioner, Hamis Nkubasi said his office will respond to government directives and is committed to ensuring the project is completed as per government directives.

PSSSF Director General, Hosea Kashimba said his office has provided 200m/- for the purchase of necessary raw materials at various stages of construction.

Kashimba said his office is committed to ensuring it complies with all government directives and those from the contractor so that the project is completed within the allotted timeframe.

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