IRDP inks key deal with Watumishi Housing Investments

THE Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) has signed a contract with Watumishi Housing Investments (WHI) to purchase 10 modern residential units for its staff at Mwanza campus.

The contract was signed by IRDP Rector, Professor Hozen Mayaya and the WHI Managing Director, Dr Festo Msemwa.

Speaking after signing the contract, Prof Mayaya said the residential units are part of the institute’s initiatives towards improving accommodation of trainers and students at its campuses.

The contract worth 614m/- is for apartments located at Kisesa suburb in Mwanza city to accommodate IRDP trainers.

“We are entering this partnership because WHI has so far demonstrated high maturity, expertise and commitment in implementation of various projects since its inception,” said Prof Mayaya.

He added that being a reputable public entity, WHI offers its services at affordable prices and a friendly mode of payment, a reason why the institute decided to forge working partnership with the company.

“If all goes well, in the coming fiscal year we’re expecting to purchase other 10 units from WHI’s Kisesa Project for our staff in IRDP’s Mwanza Campus,” said Prof Mayaya

He revealed that the fast-growing varsity is looking forward to engaging WHI in the execution of various projects in its Dodoma Main Campus for students’ dormitories.

“Dodoma Campus is expanding fast by attracting more students, hence the need to increase students’ hostels as well as lecture theatres. We have a number of projects on the pipeline to be implementing in partnership with WHI,” he said.

WHI’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Msemwa said the state-owned company is proud to work with the IRDP, saying the former will design and develop numerous tailor-made projects to help the institute improve students’ hostels and training theatres.

He said IRDP’s decision has opened a successful and sustainable working niche, assuring that the company will work round the clock to provide the institute with quality, but low-cost services in the envisaged projects.

“Signing of the contract proves IRDP’s trust upon us, and will work diligently to serve this contract and the envisaged ones with the sense of patriotism,” he said.

According to him, since its inception WHI has so far accomplished several projects including construction of classrooms in 19 wards across the country, but also the company has worked with the University of Dodoma (Udom) and the Tanzania Public Service College (TPSC).

Located at Kitumba/Kisesa suburb in Mwanza city, the IRDP campus in the Lake Zone (IRDP-LZC) was established in 2011 and the branch has kept on growing faster by attracting more than 3,500 students in every academic year.

The 20 units will enable the varsity to provide better education at its Mwanza-based college by allowing its trainers to dwell in the comfortable residences.

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