The NEMC Director General, Dr Samuel Gwamaka, told reporters in Dar es Salaam recently that consultants and consultancy companies will jeopardize the positions for failing to pay in time specified fees.
He said the council has put in place a monitoring schedule to follow up payment of government fees and keep track of performance of recognized consultants and consultancy companies.
“They are our important stakeholders. But they have to pay statutory fees in two months. After that period we shall make a countrywide inspection and withdraw licences from defaulting stakeholders. We may be forced to take legal action against obstinate defaulters,” he warned.
The DG explained that the fees, when paid timely, they enable the council to discharge well its duties which include giving advice to environment stakeholders and inspecting project sites.
He asked consultants, consultancy companies and institutions that have environment impact assessment certificates to observe the law to avert administrative upsets. The DG asked those without certificates to visit NEMC offices in Dar e s salaam, Arusha, Dodoma, Mbeya, Mtwara Mwanza for consultations and advices on their projects.
The Eastern Zonal Coordinator, Jaffari Chimgege, said NEMC officials will be visiting sites in Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Morogoro and Coast to see whether or not holders of EIA certificates comply with EIA requirements.
He also explained that NEMC has registered 1000 environment consultants and 200 consultancy firms to take NEMC services close to the people countrywide.