EACOP project food supply to be localised

30Nov 2021
Getrude Mbago
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
EACOP project food supply to be localised

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni yesterday agreed to spur higher food supplies to meet anticipated demand during implementation of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (L) presents a symbolic key to President Samia Suluhu Hassan to formalise the handing over of Museveni Pre & Primary School in Chato district in Geita region yesterday.

The leaders said the project is a big opportunity for the agriculture sector and horticulture sub-sector in the two countries. Such a rare chance should not be squandered by resorting to food imports because of shortages.

Speaking during the launch of the Museveni Primary in Chato District, Geita Region, President Museveni said the two countries have suitable land for agriculture that can produce enough food to cover all needs during the EACOP project.

“I have discussed with President Samia to see how we can collaborate in the agriculture sector because we both have plenty of land suitable for commercial agriculture,” he said, noting that both countries need to invest in greater food production for project needs and cut down expected food imports.

He said that the majority of Ugandans live on subsistence farming and not thinking taking up commercial agriculture. “We should now wake up and invest in agriculture as the government cannot do everything. Farming has a lot to give to improve people’s lives,” he declared.

The two countries also discussed how residents in the two sides shall benefit from the oil project, he affirmed, extensively showing how Tanzania and Uganda are blood relatives in terms of how they speak and respective cultures.

He said the construction of the school doesn’t mean that Tanzania has no funds, but just a sign of affection and unity existing between the two countries, with President Samia affirming that the Museveni Primary School was built with support from the Uganda government.

She said the Ugandan leader floated the idea of building the school to the late President John Magufuli, “so I will supervise it to ensure that quality standards are observed” like its being an English medium school serving children from various areas.

Tanzania and Uganda will continue to strengthen their relations in various areas for mutual benefit, she stated, pointing at Tanzania’s intention to continue improving teaching and learning infrastructures to facilitate smooth provision of education.

The government’s move to allow children who left school in various circumstances to resume studies will not affect the country’s ethics as the government has thought the issue out very well, the president intoned.

“The decision will not in any way affect our education system but rather bring more positive outcomes as more children will have access to education,” she declared.

“We should not take much time discussing this. Thinking that the government has taken a bad decision, no, we have thought about this very well before coming up with the conclusion,” she emphasised.

Prof Joyce Ndalichako, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology said the school will have capacity to accommodate 630 pupils and will commence enrolment in as month from now.

Handing over of the Museveni Primary School is being conducted while the sixth phase government is working hard to improving learning and teaching infrastructures.

“The government disbursed funds to facilitate construction of 15,000 classrooms in primary and secondary schools where 12,000 classrooms are for secondary and 3,000 for primary schools,” she said.

Building the classrooms has facilitated all the 907,802 pupils who passed the 2021 Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) to be selected to continue with secondary education in public schools.

The government will continue improving curriculum to ensure that children receive the best and quality education suited to their future needs, the minister added.