This is the second round of the programme launched in May 2018 whereby at least 17 municipalities benefitted by getting 131.5 bn/- to help them increase revenues and support the industrial drive.
Under the programme, the LGAs design strategic revenue generating projects and get funding from the central government.
Speaking during the contract signing ceremony for the second phase of the programme, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in Finance and Planning, Doto James said the LGAs depend on the central government for revenue by more than 80 per cent, noting that through the move, they will stand on their own.
He observed that the projects would be implemented timely as funds for them were available in the 2018/19 budget.
He reminded them that project criteria and value for money should scrupulously observed in compliance with project proposals, adding that misconduct or embezzlement would not be entertained.
“The target is to ensure that the councils become self reliant by 2025 in line with the government vision,” he said, adding that the programme is also in line with the national five year development plan.
The PS noted that the government will support all the business plans that focus on jobs creation and industrialisation drive initiated by President John Magufuli.
Doto who presided over the contract signing ceremony for 15 strategic municipality projects added, “If you are not sure of capability to undertake the task successfully, you better refrain from signing, as there will be zero tolerance for any kind of misconduct in the projects that are meant to boost revenue collections and cease dependency on the central government”.
He reiterated the government intention to empower the municipalities whose dependency on the central government stood at 88 per cent to empower them so that they can generate and run their projects from local revenue by 85 per cent come 2025.
For her part, the deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Dorothy Gwajima said the government would not tolerate non performance in the projects.
She said timely and value for money of the projects is among the criteria being applied in the performance audit, stressing that the days of the under performers were numbered.
“You should observe the timeframe of the projects but on top of that the quality which accurately reflects the value for money, and unconvincing explanations for delays won’t be accepted,” said the deputy PS.
He assigned them to follow up and investigation unit under his ministry to make close monitoring and control of the projects.
Speaking on the contract signed with 12 municipalities, the minister said the agreement sought to address the entities’ dependency on the treasury for development projects.
The minister furthermore reminded the DEDs to ensure proper expenditure of the allocated funds, failure of which disciplinary measures awaited them.
Giving the overview of the projects, the commissioner of budget, Mary Maganga, said they had received 111 project write-up proposals but only 15 met the set criteria and were beneficial.