Dubbed “Tanzania Rural-Urban Road Agency (TARURA), the agency is set to help strengthen the network of rural roads and enable many people travel and transport their products easily, thus promoting economic growth.
Speaking during the launch yesterday, Premier Majaliwa said the agency would have positive impacts and welfare to all Tanzanians.
“With this agency, roads will be connected thus enabling more people to easily engage and run their in businesses and other production activities thus strengthening the country’s economic growth,” the Premier said.
According to him, prices of food products will also go down as transport expenses will be low and at large point transforming people’s lives.
He also added that following connection of roads networks, many parts of the country will be reached.
PM Majaliwa mentioned corruption as one of the challenges facing local government authorities especially in awarding tenders of roads repairing and construction of road infrastructure.
“This is unacceptable, so it’s my call to the officials to ensure they wipe out corruption incidents in awarding construction tenders by making sure that the tenders are given to the people who are capable of doing better job,” he said.
He mentioned poor management of construction contracts as one of the challenges where he wanted respective officials to supervise well the area by putting transparent and implementable contracts.
Majaliwa also directed that all the funds that are set for construction should be used as planned and not otherwise. Earlier speaking, the Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, George Simbachawene said that the Agency came at right time and will directly touch people’s lives while playing as catalyst for their development and the country at large.
“The roads will also promote agriculture, social services like education, health, water and market thus building a country of healthier and strong people,” he saidHe also requested the review of the allocation of Road Fund revenues of 70 percent to the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) and 30 per cent Councils where the Prime minister agreed.
Tanzania local government road network reaches some 108,942.2 kilometres in total which is almost half of all the national roads.