Biteko stresses patriotism among contractors

DAR ES SALAAM: DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Dr Doto Biteko has instructed local contractors to be patriotic and adhere to quality standards when implementing community projects in the country.

He further said that doing so would guarantee the country economic growth.

He made the remarks over the weekend in Dar es Salaam, while representing President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the closure of the Conference of Contractors and Affiliated Service Providers meeting organised by the Tanzania Union of Contractors and Affiliated Service Providers (TUCASA).

Similarly, he asked them to spend funds as required in the projects, noting that by doing so they also build confidence of their companies in the country.

Dr Biteko further said that the government has a strategic plan of promoting local contractors, especially by ensuring that at least 20 per cent of funds for implementing donor-funded projects go to their coffers.

“The goal of the Head of State is to build the capacity of Tanzanian contractors. She has directed all government leaders as well as employees at all levels to ensure that they promote and build capacity of local contractors so that they can be able to implement big projects,” he said.

In a related development, he instructed the Ministry of Works to put in place a strategy that grooms and raises up local contractors.

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Likewise, Dr Biteko tasked the ministry to facilitate young people in establishing startups which would help them earn more skills, citing the Building a Better Tomorrow (BBT) project under the Ministry of Agriculture that promotes youth participation in agricultural activities as a good example.

Elaborating, he said the Prime Minister’s Office will be on top of that and lead other sectors including the ministries of Energy, Water and Transport to ensure that they increase engagement of local contractors.

“They should set goals to be measured annually and give feedbacks, especially during the contractors’ meetings and see how far they have gone,” he pointed out.

In a separate development, the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Biteko has guaranteed the public that the government will not relax in its fight against corrupt public servants.

“I would like to assure you that the government, through the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) will continue to take legal action against corrupt government officials. My request to you is to report corrupt officials in your midst to the PCCB,” he added.

Meanwhile, Minister for Works, Innocent Bashungwa, said President Samia recognises the contribution of Tanzanian contractors to the country’s development.

“Local contractors are at the forefront in carrying out construction works and development of the country,” said Mr Bashungwa.

On his part, Chairman of TUCASA, Samwel Marwa, asked the government to continue fighting against corruption in order to make the association operate professionally and earn profit it deserves.

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