According to a press statement issued by Director of Presidential Communications, Jaffar Haniu, President Samia made the call at the weekend when she met and held talks with EAC Secretary General Dr Peter Mathuki, who is currently visiting EAC heads of state for introduction.
She appealed to him to implement his duties with more efforts and wisdom to enable people in the EAC to benefit from their institution and added that within EAC member countries there were immense opportunities that if well utilised they would help in strengthening the economy and develop the infrastructures.
Samia called on Dr Mathuki to supervise well the plan to develop factories within the EAC and having in place appropriate allocation of factories in the bloc.
She also said EAC cooperation has touched more the leadership level leaving the people deal with various obstacles hence she called the EAC Secretariat to deal with the challenge so as to enable the cooperation goes down to the people’s level.
For his part, Dr Mathuki thanked President Samia for the reception and the directives given and pledged to work hard to realise the aspirations of the EAC Heads of State.
Dr Mathuki asmitted that great efforts were needed to strengthen the private sector, in empowering the youth, implementing joint projects including the building of inter-state infrastructures and fight for the Kiswahili to recognize at international meetings.
Dr Mathuki was accompanied by the EALA Speaker, Hon Martin Ngoga, The President of the EA Court of Justice, Hon Nestory Kayobera snd the EAC Deputy Secretary General, Eng Steven Mlote.