Ummy Mwalimu tables 2021/22 budget estimates

20Apr 2021
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Ummy Mwalimu tables 2021/22 budget estimates

​​​​​​​MINISTER of State for the President's Office - Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), Ummy Mwalimu yesterday tabled the 2021/22 budget estimates of 7.68trilion/- , which is an increase of 6.7bn/- as compared to this fiscal year budget of 7.01trililion/-.

Ummy Mwalimu.

About 2.95trilion/- has been allotted for development programmes, among others, repairing and constructing schools and hospitals. This is an increase by 29.3 per cent as compared to the current year whereby 2.28trilion/- was allocated.

Presenting the proposed budget here yesterday in the august House, Ummy highlighted six priorities to be implemented in the next financial year in line with the National Development Plan.

The priorities set are for improving provision of basic health services whereby it plans to spend 60.5bn/- construct 121 new health centres and spend the other 129bn/- to complete construction of 52 health centres  in local government authorities.

According to the minister, the next financial year would also see the completion of construction of councils’ hospitals in 68 councils with planned allocation of  55.7bn/-, the project of constructing these hospitals started in the year 2018/19, including the Uhuru Hospital located in Chamwino District, Dodoma Region.

She said  the government will embark on building 28 new hospitals in councils that do not have hospitals, with 14bn/- allocated for that purpose.

Another priority will be ensuring provision of better education from pre-primary schools to secondary schools.

Starting with the first phase, the government will begin constructing 10 out of 26 girls boarding secondary schools for science subjects. One school will be constructed in each region and once completed; the schools will have Form I to VI, with the capacity of accommodating between 1,000 and 1,200 students each through Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQUIP).

A total of 40bn/- has been allocated for the entire project.

She further detailed that her docket plan to spend between 650m/- and 700m/- to construct new 300 ward secondary schools for the wards that still do not have such schools also through SEQUIP.

In line with this, it will complete building 1,840 classrooms for secondary schools at a cost of 23bn/- and construct 300 houses for teachers at a cost of 50m/- each.

 The PO-RALG is also mandated to implement free education policy, whereby it looks forward to spending 312bn/- and allocate the other 50bn/- for buying textbooks for primary and secondary schools.

In efforts to address current shortage of 1,048,561desks in primary schools, the government will ensure that during the coming year a total of 710,000 desks are supplied to the schools.

Other priorities would be the construction and repair of rural and urban roads, empowering citizens economically, strengthening good leadership and supervision of resources and building better  environment for doing business and investment in industry rural and urban areas. 

The minister further said in the 2021/22 fiscal year, the PO-RALG, through the Tanzania Rural Urban Road Agency (TARURA) plans to construct 24,630-kilometre roads in urban and rural areas.

She  said the PO-RALG and its institutions, including 26 regions and 184 councils it plans to collect 916.4bn/- revenues from its sources such as selling used items, school fees and levies.

Ummy also told the National Assembly about programmes implemented during the current financial year in which it allocated 7.01tri/- total budget.

By last February, the docket received 3.9tri/- from the treasury, which is equivalent to 55.6 per cent of the total endorsed budget.

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