MINISTER of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Pindi Chana on Wednesday challenged the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) Board of Directors to introduce reforms that will see the conservation agency bolster its revenue collection.
Dr Chana urged the board members, led by former Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General (rtd) Venance Mabeyo, to explore other investment avenues that will make NCAA execute its operations smoothly.
“It is high time we depart from the traditional ways of running NCAA and embark on new and creative ones,” said the Minister shortly before unveiling the board of directors.
Dr Chana insisted that there was more to NCAA than the NCAA was more than the crater which attracts millions of tourists every year.
Apart from the large volcanic caldera, which is a spectacle to behold, NCAA also boasts of other attractions such as the Olduvai Gorge and the Laetoli footprints.
The agency has the Ngorongoro Tourism Centre, a 17-storey state-of-the-art facility with places to let at Arusha city.
“The new board should come up with new methodologies and innovations to steer NCAA to greater heights,” urged the minister.
Dr Chana equally challenged the board to advice and guide the NCAA management accordingly as the latter continues executing the voluntary relocation of former Ngorongoro residents to Msomera village in Handeni district of Tanga region.
At least 1,450 residents and more than 8,077 livestock have moved to Msomera in an exercise which seeks to save the Man and Biosphere Reserve from extinction.
In his rejoinder, retired General Mabeyo assured the Minister that the board will ensure that it fast-tracks the construction of human settlements in Msomera as more households continue to register for the voluntary shift.
“The residents were a bit skeptical and reluctant to relocate to Msomera, but the reception has been high by the other with more households expressing their wish to moving to Handeni,” explained the Board chairperson.
The former CDF further assured the minister that the board will hit the ground running in making NCAA a force to reckon with on the tourism front.