SUMA-JKT to build training centres for small-scale miners

10Jul 2018
Polycarp Machira
Dodoma
The Guardian
SUMA-JKT to build training centres for small-scale miners

THE Ministry of Minerals yesterday signed an 11.9 billion/- contract with the military-linked SUMA National Service (JKT) unit for the construction of seven training centres for small-scale miners and expansion of Minerals Resources Institute (MRI) facilities.

The deal was inked here yesterday by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Prof Simon Msanjila, and managing director of the National Service construction department under SUMA-JKT, Eng. Morgan Nyonyi. The project is expected to be completed by December this year.

Speaking shortly after the signing function, Minerals Minister Angella Kairuki said the training centres, which are described in the contract as ‘centres of excellence’, will be built in Mpanda, Songea, Chunya, Tanga, Bariadi, Bukoba, and Musoma.

According to Kairuki, the constructions will be carried out under the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project which, among other objectives, is aimed at empowering small-scale miners and women miners.

“The centre will empower them with the best skills and knowledge to improve their capacities to mine successfully and do their own mineral processing to add value to their products and improve their economic wellbeing,” the minister said.

The centres will apply intermediate and appropriate technology training methods for mineral processing which is environmental friendly, as well as offer geological training especially in the area of mineral research.
Kairuki said the ministry decided to hire the services of SUMA-JKT due to its efficiency, capacity, technology, and expertise, and added she was optimistic that they might be able to complete the project before the official December date.

“Moreover, SUMA-JKT has the best prices. Through this contract we have managed to save 249.3 million/- which would have been spent if the tender had been awarded to other competitors whose asking prices were much higher,” remarked the minister.

On his part, Eng Nyonyi said SUMA-JKT has zonal offices in all the areas earmarked for the centres, and promised value-for-money structures which will all include libraries, classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, and workshops.

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