By Guardian Correspondent, Kiteto
MINISTER for Transport and Communications Eng Atashasita Nditie over the weekend unveiled a communication tower owned by Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) r at Irikiushiobor village in Kiteto district that aims to open up economic opportunities for the weananchi.
Nditie appealed to the wananchi to protect the communication infrastructure and added that the tower has cost 320m/- provided by the government.
He said "If you communicate with each other over the sale of your livestock you stand to increase your incomes as you will be able to so even being very far away from customers.”
He directed TTC to ensure they install an electric generator to enable continual communication accessibility among the communities, and should not entirely depend on solar power.
Representative of TTCL who is also its regional manager for Arusha and Manyara regions Brown Japhet, said as of now TTCL has covered the whole country.
"This tower will open up economic opportunities especially for the business people as these days no one needs to travel with cash as you can transmit money on line.
Irikiushiobor Village executive officer Yakobo Issaya said the village has 5,672 residents and 57 percent of them own mobile phones.
Special Seats Member of Parliament Ester Mahawe said today communication is among the human basic needs, and added that reliable communication help in reducing cases of those who fall ill.
A resident of Irikiushiobor village, Paul Lekibonde speaking to this paper before the construction of the tower said they had difficulties in communicating with other people and they had to walk more than eight kilometers to take pregnant women to healthy centres.