College graduates need to promote tourist attractions-call

29Nov 2019
Michael Sikapundwa
The Guardian
College graduates need to promote tourist attractions-call

SOKOINE University of Agriculture Students' organization (SUASO) vice-president, Mbalamwezi Hussein, has appealed to people who have graduated from universities to regularly write articles, journals and do research on tourist attractions with a view to promoting tourism in Tanzania.

Sokoine University of Agriculture Students' Organization (SUASO) vice-president Mbalamwezi Hussein. PHOTO: MICHAEL SIKAPUNDWA

Mbalamwezi issued the statement in Morogoro last weekend at one-day good governance forum, which involved SUASO leaders and was chaired by Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) regional secretary, Shaka Hamidu Shaka.

The forum focused on good governance, patriotism and commitment to students’ leaders. 

In an interview with The Guardian, Mbalamwezi insisted it is time people put more efforts on promotion of tourist attractions through forums, research and journals.

He pointed out the graduates should particularly seek to boost new parks, which were recently launched by the government.

"Early this year SUASO leaders conducted joint domestic tourism at Burigi-Chato National Park, they then identified many attractions not known to people. It's our task as educated people to promote the attractions in an effort to improve domestic and international tourism,” he disclosed.

Mbalamwezi pointed out the Burigi-Chato National Park is close to Lake Victoria on the border with Rwanda and surrounded by the Kagera River and Lake Burigi.

He disclosed the park is blessed with thick forest, which harbours predators in the likes of lions and leopards.

"It is not only animals’ sanctuary but also plays great role in preserving ecosystem, so efforts to cover it in media is inevitable.”

Shaka alerted students' leaders to adhere to rule of law with the aim of meeting intended objectives.

He also advised them to concentrate in studies, instead of spending a great chunk of their time in coordinating other movements.

"Patriots and committed leader are identified from grassroots, we hope to have stable and future political leaders from SUA since it is the only university which produces agricultural experts whose skills are needed in making full use of land particular those undeveloped,” he disclosed.

According to Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, the focus is on upgrading game reserves into fully fledged national parks.

Game reserves that have been upgraded to national parks are Nyerere National Park, which was previously known as Selou with 55,000sq km, Ibanda-Kyerwa and Rumanyika-Karagwe, where Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Hamisi Kigwangalla, officially inaugurated the attraction as a national park on November 28, 2019.

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