Govt to train over 100 Tanzanians for NIDC

07Feb 2016
Crispin Gerald
Guardian On Sunday
Govt to train over 100 Tanzanians for NIDC

The government is planning recruitment of more than 100 local IT specialists through a special training to operate the National Internet Data Centre (NIDC) prior to its completion and handing over ceremony due next month.

The centre is a part of phase three implementation of the 7560km construction scheme of the $2.9m optic fibre cable across the nation.

Launched in 2014 by former President Jakaya Kikwete, NIDC has only 10 China-trained local operators to man the system expected to serve as the nation’s basic high quality database storage station, though four other recruits are expected to join in the near future.

Speaking to journalists on Friday during the visit at the centre in Dar es Salaam, Permanent Secretary in the Communication, Work and Transportation Ministry Prof. Faustin Kamuzora said the government wanted to see the operations run by Tanzanians instead of foreigners.

“Training the indigenous people is part of the government’s initiatives to overcome an unemployment challenge,” said the professor.

“Currently the centre is at its final touches and will be handed over to the government by China International Telecommunication Construction Company (CITCC) next month,” he said.

He said various government institutions including NIDA, NEC, TRA, NBS and MSD have already subscribed to the centre that will provide only 25 per cent of its services to the government for the rest to be shared by shared by private users.

“It will also be used by Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and other neighbouring countries to supplement the government’s income,” he said, adding that plans were underway to establish other internet data centres in Dodoma and Zanzibar.

Director for Information and Communication Technology ICT Peter Mwasalyanda said the government was also planning to connect all district courts, district hospitals and schools at district and village levels with 7560km optic fibre cable for an effective access to internet in the remote area.