Samia calls for tangible measures to save Ngorongoro from dying

07Apr 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Samia calls for tangible measures to save Ngorongoro from dying

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has called on responsible authorities to come up with concrete measures to save the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) from disappearing.

"Ngorongoro is disappearing, we agreed with an area of its kind people and animals to live together, but now people are more than animals," Samia said when speaking shortly after swearing-in permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries at the State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

“When we entered into this agreement (a contract for human and animal life using one area) we had 9,000 people and now it is between 90,000 and 100,000, NCAA and the ministry are there looking without taking no action,” she said.

“We agreed that people and animals should live together, but not this number of people. This is what makes wildlife in the area overwhelmed," she said.

In addition, she said Ngorongoro is disappearing due to the invasion of invasive plants that are destroying important plants for grazing.

President Samia said: “If we want Ngorongoro to remain and sell in Tanzania internationally, we must be careful to maintain it and ensure it remains. To relocate people…I do not know what you’re going to do. ”

In another development, President Samia said that the Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation (TASAC) held 23 dubious board meetings within one year at a cost of more than 600m/-.

Samia said that she was disappointed by the misuse of public funds at the agency.

“I am very disappointed, nothing has been improved at TASAC yet you conducted meetings and spent a lot of public funds, I have appointed you as a young man to work, I want to see improvement in this area and contribute to government revenues and not otherwise,” said Samia.

She said: “Let me tell you after nominating your name I slept at around 5 am reading the social media comments with most of them saying that you cannot perform because you are a new comer.”

The head of state told TASAC new director-general Kaimu Mkeyenge: “You were also working in Tasac and you know all the evils that were happening at TASAC but I have decided to promote you now go and work harder in collaboration with other staffs and clean up the mess in the institution.”