Speaking during the launch of the water project last week, Uhuru Torch Race Leader, Mzee Mkongea Alli paid tribute to JTI Leaf Services management for the investment while urging the beneficiary residents to maintain the project.
“This project t has greatly complimented government’s efforts to ensure that every village in Tanzania has safe and clean water,” Mkongea said while also expressing satisfaction that the project was implemented at high quality standards as required.
He further lauded the company for investing in other community projects which included construction of a modern dispensary and schools in the region. “Your continued investment in community projects is a testimony that you are a good corporate citizen,” the Uhuru Torch Race Leader added.
Briefing Mkongea on the project, Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) Manager Engineer Godfrey Shibiti who represented Uyui District Commissioner, Gift Msuya said previously clean tap water was only available by 22.5 percent but with completion of the project, the amount has more than doubled to 52 percent.
Shibiti said the beneficiary village has formed a committee of eight people who include two technicians, who will be responsible for running the project and ensuring that necessary maintenance is carried out on regular basis.
“We hope that this project will last longer to serve our people from walking long distance to fetch water,” the RUWASA chief noted as Tabora Urban lawmaker, Almasi Maige joined the list of leaders commending JTI’s management for the investment made.
JTI Leaf Services’ Social Projects Manager, Oscar Lwoga said the solar powered water supply project was geared at achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 6 which requires that by 2030, people in the world should have universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and goal number 7, which wants to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
“We thank Maswanya village leaders and the people for cooperating with us to ensure the project is completed successfully,” Lwoga said.