The donation by NSSF follows a plea for help by the Prime Minister who personally held a harambee for the school. The PM also asked stakeholders from the private and public sectors to assist the school which saw an inferno destroy nine classrooms and two laboratories.
Speaking after receiving a dummy cheque of 50m/- from the NSSF Dırector General, Prof Godius Kahyarara, PM Majaliwa, while thanking the pensions fund also appealed to other stakeholders and well wishers to come forward to assist in efforts to reconstruct the school through generous financial assistance to enable students to learn in the right environment.
“NSSF has been among a few organisations that have contributed a large sum of money towards the reconstruction of the burnt down school facilities. I call upon other well-wishers to come forward to do the same. They can make their donation through my office or channel their financial contributions to the school’s administration,” said Majaliwa.
For his part, Prof Kahyarara said the NSSF contribution was part of the organisation’s policy to assist communities, made possible through astute financial management to ensure it channelled back part of its profits to the community.
“Although we are in the forefront of assisting different communities, the donations we make do not in any way affect our members contributions and benefits,” assured Prof Kahyarara.
Speaking during the brief occasion held in the Prime Minister’s office, Lindi Municipal Mayor Mohamed Lihumbo assured Majaliwa and the NSSF management that the money contributed would be used for the intended purpose and promised to invite them after the completion of the re-construction.
“I also want to take this opportunity to urge organisations to follow the example of NSSF to help our children continue with their education,” said Lihumbo.
The NSSF donation comes a few days after the organisation advanced 4bn/- to the National Development Corporation (NDC) for expanding production at the Tanzania Biotech Product Limited (BPL) in Kibaha, Coast Region.
The loan issued to BPL followed President John Pombe Magufuli’s directive to pension funds to lend funds to industrial projects in the country.