The government has also said in 2020 more than 700 youth engaged in tricycle (bajaj) and motorcycle (bodaboda) transport were involved in accidents countrywide.
This was revealed here yesterday at the meeting called by President Samia Suluhu Hassan to speak to the youth from the Lake Zone regions, the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Ummy Mwalimu.
She said every constituency will be provided with 600m/- towards the construction of the schools and teachers’ quarters and that every elected Member of Parliament is supposed to submit recommendations indicating the site to build the school.
She said since President Samia came to power, she authorized funds for the development of the country’s education sector.
Speaking at the meeting, Home Affairs minister George Simbachawene said last year, 320 youth – ‘bajaj’ and ‘bodaboda’ operators lost their lives in road accidents and 281 youth received injuries.
He added that the lowering of the fines on drivers of this means of transport from 30,000/- to 10,000/- per offence should not be the reason for them to infringe traffic laws.
Simbachawene said youths of between 18 and 30 years of age lead in being held in custody in the country’s various remand prisons, and called for the community to assist the group from these woes.
He called upon the youth to engage in legitimate business and abandon criminal activities as the government will not tolerate such behavior.
For his part, speaking at the meeting, the Energy Minister, Medard Kalemani said every household will be connected to electricity, irrespective of the types of the houses.
He said even if one builds a house using grass, coconut leaves, iron sheets or other things will get electricity at lower cost.
For his part, the Information, Sports and Culture Minister, Innocent Bashungwa said the government plans to assist the youth by sending them to technical colleges to enhance their talents.
Speaking at the same meeting, Water Minister Jumaa Aweso said in order to avoid the practice of slapping water consumers with inflated bills, it will embark on the modern prepaid system.
He said if the power utility (TANESCO) was able to do that, there was no reason for the water authorities to do the same.
Thousands of youth from the Lake Zone Region convened at Mwanza’s Nyamagana Stadium yesterday for a meeting with president Samia Suluhu Hassan.