Minister for Communications, Works and Transport, Engineer Isack Kamwelwe said drafting of a bill to be tabled in parliament for the law, is underway. Eng Kamwelwe told a TAA workers council this week that the government has decided to incorporate KADCO into the airports authority to improve efficiency and cut costs.
The Communications and Works Minister further pointed out that the new regulatory body will also supervise airports ground handling services, refuelling of planes and supervise strategic businesses as per government priorities.
“We want to have a modern, efficient and globally competitive airports regulatory body that will deliver on the government’s ambition to revive the country’s aviation industry,” Eng Kamwelwe added.
He said jet fuel is not properly regulated by Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority hence the need to have an airports regulatory with such powers. “Because Ewura cannot adequately regulate jet fuel business, why not give you such a role when you have been reconstituted to competently deliver on such a requirement,” the Minister noted.
He also explained that the new regulatory body will also be competent to manage Julius Nyerere International Airport’s Terminal III which will have over 600 workers and handle millions of passengers annually.
“All these new challenges need to be supervised by a reconstituted TAA which will have qualified and experienced people of all types of disciplines,” Eng Kamwelwe stressed while noting that government will soon buy two planes for pilots training purposes with Tanga Airport as a training base.
In his welcoming speech to the minister, TAA Director General, Richard Mayongela requested the government beef up the authority’s budget so that it can buy necessary equipment and hire competent staff to meet growing demand at its 58 airports and airdromes countrywide.
“But equally important is that TAA’s employees are lowly paid, salaries need to be reviewed,” he underlined while revealing that despite the poor remuneration, TAA has increased its annual revenue collection from 3bn/- in 1999 when it was established to 70bn/- last year.
“These people are hungry despite putting on suits today for this occasion because their salaries are very low,” Mayongela added. The 22nd edition of TAA workers council was held for two days this week. It is normally held twice per annum.