Grab opportunities offered by Eacop project –Minister

20Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Grab opportunities offered by Eacop project –Minister

PEOPLE living near areas where the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) will pass have been told to emerge and grab various opportunities that will be available during the construction.

The call was made here on Saturday by Energy minister Dr Medard Kalemani at a meeting with various stakeholders that discussed opportunities offered by the pipeline project in Misenyi District, Kagera Region.

Dr Kalemani mentioned some of the opportunities as including the establishment of various factories for the production of goods to be used in the project

He said more than 15,000 Tanzanians will be employed during the project’s construction period and urged them grab various business opportunities for income generation.

He said the aim of the meeting is to build up an understanding and to explain to Tanzanians about their responsibility to participate in various businesses that would be available during the construction of the project, adding that more than 80 per cent of the work would be done by Tanzanians.

He added that the project work has begun and was in the last stages of paying compensation of land to be taken as well as construction of roads towards the project sites.

He added that the project will take three years to complete and will cost USD 3.5 billion.

The minister mentioned the project’s benefits, saying that in regard to Singida, Tabora and Simiyu regions where the pipeline will pass also are expected to produce oil hence the country will use the same pipeline to transport the oil.

He also called the people to provide adequate cooperation to the government and investors and engage in the pipeline’s protection.

For his part, Kagera Regional Commissioner Maj Gen. Charles Mbuge said the pipeline will push up the region’s economy and the entire country in general.

He said: “I will make sure the project will be implemented through close supervision so that other nations will know that Tanzanians are very serious people and patriotic, the situation that will make the country continue to get various opportunities in projects construction from neighbouring countries.”

For his part, Muleba North Member of parliament Charles Mwijage called on the residents to come up and grab various opportunities to available from the project.