Minister outlines comprehensive measures to preserve Rufiji River

15Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Minister outlines comprehensive measures to preserve Rufiji River

THE government through National Environment Management Council (NEMC) has re-affirmed its commitment in protecting Rufiji water sources given its potentials for the successful implementation of Stigler’s Gorge hydro power project.

Engineer Kamugenyi Luteganya (R, with notebook) briefs January Makamba (C), Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment), when the latter toured the Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project in Coast Region at the weekend. Left is National Environment Management Council director general Dr Samuel Gwamaka. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

Minister of State in the Vice President's Office (Union and Environment), January Makamba said here over the weekend after touring the project site accompanied by NEMC senior officials that the major goal was to conserve environment in all water sources for sustainable of the project development and others.

"The preservation of Rufiji water sources is important for sustainable development of the power dam project which will bring a lot of benefits to the nation," he said.

Makamba added that NEMC has already opened an office at the project site to ensure the smooth implementation of that the project.

"Presence of experts in the project site is crucial for easy accessibility of their services when needed and easy monitoring of project development in relation to environment protection," he said.

Makamba took the opportunity to call on people leaving in the neighborhood of rivers flowing to Rufiji to be conscious of environment protection and use water in sustainable manner knowing that there is a need for water in national development activities.

For his part, NEMC Director General, Dr Samuel Gwamaka said that the council continues to implement its objectives in preserving environment through educating its stakeholders on environmental protection matters in a bid to make the government plan of building a middle income and industrial economy country by 2025 a reality.

"We continue with our environment conservation mission through educating people on the importance of protecting environment for the benefit of the nation in general," he said.

Dr Gwamaka pointed out that the Stiggler's Gorge project would bring not only power production but tourists also would pour in the area to see one of the biggest electrical dam in Africa.

Selous Game Reserve Manager, Henock Msoche assured security and support to all the people working in the project area.

"We are well positioned and our security people are at work all the time to make sure that people working in the project area are safe," he said.

Stigler's Gorge project which is expected to produce 2,100 megawatts of electricity when completed and stands as a major force behind the realization of the 2025's vision of Tanzania becoming a middle income and industrial base economy.