TCRA registered 37,297,930 SIM cards through biometric registration

24Apr 2020
Felister Peter
The Guardian
TCRA registered 37,297,930 SIM cards through biometric registration

THE Tanzanian Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has registered 37,297,930 SIM cards through biometric registration system. So far the National Identification Authority (NIDA) had issued 21,823,026 national identification numbers until March this year. The authority issued NIN to 2,478,448-

Home Affairs Minister, Geroge Simbachawene.

-people between July 2019 and March 2020.

Presenting budget estimates for the 2020/2021 financial year, Home Affairs Minister, Geroge Simbachawene told the National Assembly that during the fiscal year, NIDA will issue 6,076,666 national identification numbers making a total of 27,796,983 identified citizens by June 2021.

The minister added that NIDA had targeted to register 25,237,954 people this financial year. He said the authority also issued national identification numbers to 26,794 resident visitors.

 “Biometric registration of SIM cards have contributed into increased NIDA revenue collections by 177 per cent from the projected 500m/- to over 1.3bn/-at the end of March this year”, said Simbachawene.

However, the authority issued NIN to 17,871,770 people as only 6,103,225 had so far been provided with physical IDs.

He said authorities from the Immigration Department arrested 11,187 illegal immigrants between July 2019 and March this year. Of the number, 1,389 were from Ethiopians who were deported by the government in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Ethiopian embassy in the country.

Minister Simbachawene explained that a total of 87 foreigners were granted citizenship. They are from Afganistan (1), South Africa (2), India (46), Italy (2), Kenya (10), Lebanon (2), Pakistan (7), Rwanda (2), Somalia (1), Uganda (1), United Kingdom (4), Yemen (8) and one who was stateless.

The government, he said has so far sent back 9,875 Burundian refugees through voluntary repatriation. He said the government has registered 207,644 refugees at different camps at Mtendeli, Nduta, Nyarugusu in Kigoma regon, Katumba and Mishamo in Katavi region and the Ulyankulu camp in Tabora.

On human trafficking, Simbachawene said the government has managed to rescue 196 Tanzanians who were subjected to forced labour by abusive employers within and outside the country. He said that 180 victims were employed locally and 16 in various countries including Uganda, Thailand, Kenya , Malaysia and Iraq.

“Rescued Tanzania were provided with food, shelter, free medical treatment, and physiological counseling. We also provided them with vocational training before linking them with their families”, he stated adding the government has revoked licences of nine local companies that were working as agents linking Tanzanians with employers abroad.

Meanwhile, the minister told the House that the government will employ 4,400 people in various departments including security organs in the coming financial year. He said the new jobs will include 2, 725 police officers, 495 immigration officers, 685 prison officials and 501 for the Fire and Rescue Force.

Simbachawene noted that in controlling crime incidences, police conducted a number of patrols whereas the force seized 211 fire arms and 531 bullets between July 2019 and March 2020.

He said the number of road accidents have decreased by 26 per cent to 1,920 compared to 2,593 incidences recorded in the 2018/2019 fiscal year. He said, of the total accidents, 850 incidences caused deaths making the total number of people who died in road crashes this year to 1,084 compared to 1, 216 recorded in the previous year.

Simbachawene requested the House to approve over 899bn/- for the ministry’s recurrent and development expenditures for the 2020/2021 financial year. He said 35.43bn/- will be for development projects whereas 34.54bn/- will be sourced locally and 985m/- from development partners. He said the ministry will spend 481.50bn/- to pay salaries, 382.22bn/- and 863bn/- for recurrent expenditure.

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