Aweso directs contractors to stop delaying water projects over lack o

02Mar 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aweso directs contractors to stop delaying water projects over lack o

MINISTER for Water Jumaa Aweso has directed experts and contractors to stop delaying water projects over lack of pipes as the equipment are adequately available within the country.

Simba Pipe Industries production director Jitin Pratap (R) briefs Water minister Jumaa Aweso (L) in Dar es Salaam yesterday on operations at the firm’s factory, where water pipes are produced. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

Aweso made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday when he visited Simba Pipes and Plasco pipes producing factories.

According to him, there are some dishonest contractors who have been issuing several excuses including lack of pipes thus failing to deliver the water projects on time.

He wanted the contractors to also stop importing the water pipes but rather purchase them locally as there are several factories that are now producing the equipment in high quantities.

The minister said: "I'll not tolerate any water expert or contractor who will be found tampering with the water project over unnecessary excuses."

“I will not allow this to continue, for many years, contractors have been claiming that lack of pipes was affecting completion of water projects but now the pipes are being produced in high quantities within the country, so stop importing the pipes for now,” he insisted.

According to the minister, there are 631 water projects which are implemented in various parts of the country’s rural and urban areas.

“I have visited the factories’ production areas and witnessed how the pipes are produced in quality and quantity, so from now on, I will not listen to the excuses from any contractor,” he added.

He said: “It is high time now for all of us to support our local industries; there is no need of importing a product which can be found within the country, the nation’s industrialization drive needs our support also. We also have to ensure that by 2025, water services in rural areas should reach 85 percent and 95 percent in urban areas,” he elaborated.

The minister assured the contractors that the government will continue improving working conditions by addressing all the highlighted challenges facing them so as to support smooth implementation of water projects in the country.

Director-General of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) Eng Clement Kivegalo wanted the factories to invest in quality and increase production of the products so as to meet the supply-demand...read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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