Govt inaugurates 24bn/- to supply water in Shinyanga,Singida

26Feb 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt inaugurates 24bn/- to supply water in Shinyanga,Singida

THE government has signed a 24.4bn/- worth water project to fetch water from Lake Victoria and supply it to thousands of residents in Shelui town in Ilamba District, Singida Region.

The project will be constructed at Tinde area in Shinyanga Region under the Megha Engineering Contraction Company from India. It will also benefit residents in Tinde town, Shinyanga Region.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister for Water Jumaa Aweso wanted the contractor to work hard to ensure that the project is completed at the scheduled timeframe of 12 months.

“We will not listen to any excuse, so make sure that water project is completed on time so as to supply the residents with enough clean water,” he said.

Aweso said that the launch of the project is implementation of President John Magufuli’s promise which he made to residents of Tinde and Shelui early this year.

He said that the government had invested much of its efforts to address water blues in the country.

He wanted the supervisors of the project to ensure that all the employment opportunities favour youth from Shelui and Tinde while also calling on the workers to protect the project including all the equipment.

Anthony Sanga, Permanent Secretary said the 24.4n/- have been issued by the India-based Exim bank as soft loan.

Shinyanga Regional Commissioner Zainab Telak commended the government for initiating the project saying it will address the prolonged water woes facing the residents.

She said the project will benefit 33 villages thus curbing water blues in the areas.

Hapiness Makoye, one of the residents said that the implementation of the project brings a huge relief to the residents, especially women who have been walking miles away to search for the precious liquid.

Reports show that, only 50 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to an improved sources of safe water, and only 34 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to improved sanitation. Under these circumstances, the poor, particularly women and girls spend a significant amount of time travelling some distance to collect water.

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