VP cautions contractors, supervisors of JNHPP

13Oct 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
VP cautions contractors, supervisors of JNHPP

VICE President Dr Phillip Mpango has directed contractors and supervisors of the Julius Nyerere Hydro-Power Project (JNHPP) to ensure that the construction of the water reservoir adheres to all the required standards so as to avoid any damage in future.

According to him, if the water storage reservoir is constructed below standards, it may later burst and thus making it hard to address the challenge.

Dr Mpango made the directive yesterday here when he visited the project’s site as part of his two-day official tour to oversee progress of the project.

The Vice President and other delegates travelled to the site through rail and were received at Fuga station where they got the opportunity to visit various areas of the JNHPP including construction of a water system transporting water to the plants, a place where power production plants will be installed and the power transmission area.

Despite expressing his satisfaction with the progress of the project, the VP wanted the supervisors and contractors to be more vigilant when doing various works so as to ensure that the project contained all the required quality standards.

“It is better you conduct every single work with due diligence, adhere to all professional and quality procedures, so as to bar serious damage from occurring later after completion. This project is built by human beings so it is likely to collapse and cause serious damages later, so please do changes whenever there is a gap,” he asserted.

Dr Mpango said that it will be hard to attain the industrialization drive without having enough and stable power, saying the new hydro-power project is going to address all the anxiety.

He commended Tanzanians who are working at the project calling them to continue working tirelessly as they are leaving a good mark to the nation and Tanzanians.

According to him, the government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan is determined to ensure that the project is completed as per scheduled timeframe calling on Tanzanians to continue paying taxes voluntarily as the funds are used to implement various development projects.

He further wanted regional and district commissioners surrounding the Rufiji River Basin to ensure that they supervise protection of environment and water sources which include fighting deforestation and other human activities conducted along the basin.

John Mangeni, Resident Engineer from the Tanroads Engineering Consultation Unit said despite the project being financed by the government by hundred percent by 6.558trillion/-, they have already paid the contractor 2.832trillion/-.

“The paid amount is hundred percent of the funds needed by the current work, the government will continue releasing funds as per each work until the project is completed,” he said.

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