Infrastructure restoration thrills MPs

DODOMA: THE government’s move to act swiftly in restoring the flood-ravaged transport infrastructure has pleased Members of the Parliament, with most of them admitting that the efforts enabled the resumption of transport services in their areas.

Debating the Ministry of Works’ 2024/2025 budget estimates, the MPs said the government acted on time, managing to reconnect a number of roads across the country.

Minister for Works, Innocent Bashungwa tabled the 1.7tri/- budget for his docket in the House on Wednesday which was unanimously endorsed on Thursday.

During the debate, some MPs also advised the government to allocate more funds for the ministry, saying reliable infrastructure was a key factor for improved social and economic development.

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Same East MP Anne Kilango Malecela admitted that the government made huge efforts to reconstruct roads and bridges that were destroyed by floods during the recent Masika rains.

“We thank the government for allocating 66bn/- for repairing the damaged roads and bridges,” Ms Malecela stated. “I commend the President and the ministry because you have really shown great efforts in rehabilitating roads and other infrastructure as well as saving people’s lives,” she said.

She went further hinting on the achievements of President Samia Suluhu Hassan in the works sector during her three years in power. The Same East lawmaker stated that in the past three years the country’s road network has expanded from 10,832km to12,028km and seven bridges were completed during this period.

“This is a huge achievement, so we should know that the President has done a great job,” she stressed.

Her views were echoed by Nancy Nyalusi (Special SeatsCCM) who also commended the minister, deputy and permanent secretary for ensuring the resumption of road communication after the disaster.

“The minister worked day and night to restore infrastructures damaged by floods and other disasters that hit the country in recent months,” added Mr Florent Kyombo (Nkenge-CCM).

On her part, Ms Bonnah Kamoli (Segerea-CCM) was of the view that the ministry was very responsive during the disaster, something which led to restoration of transport infrastructures in various parts of the country.

Moreover, Mr Deodatus Mwanyika (Njombe Urban) said that the ministry showed high level of patriotism in serving Tanzanians during tough times. He also advised the ministry to ensure that it builds capacity among local contractors, so that they could be engaged in major projects and thus create jobs and boost local businesses.

Musoma Rural lawmaker Prof Sospeter Muhongo argued that the budget for the ministry was still small, calling for more allocation of funds to finance more projects in the country.

Prof Muhongo suggested that at least 3.5tri/- could be reasonable for effective implementation of projects.

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