PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday revealed that the government has ordered three more airplanes for the state-owned Air Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL), emphasizing that Tanzania has decided to use its domestic revenues to fund major development projectscontinued taking measures targeting to boost air transport; the measures include reviving the ATCL, which was on the verge of collapsing.
“We have decided to purchase eight airplanes by using domestic revenues…we have now ordered three more planes, to make a total of 11 planes,” Dr Magufuli stated, stressing that air transport is a catalyst for growth of different economic sectors, particularly tourism.
The President emphatically told Tanzanians that the countryhad decided to walk on its own feet when donor countries drag theirs, to support it finance development projects.
“Without deciding, Tanzanians will remain dependent in undertaking our country’s development projects.
Fellow Tanzanians, we can do but only need tosions,” he stated, adding: “We have decided and continue deciding to implement projects that would bring development to Tanzanians. I thank Parliament for endorsing budgets earmarked to fund these projects,” Dr Magufuli told National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
He was speaking in an address to the nation at an event to launch the world-class Terminal 3 of the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).
He attributed the completion of the 722bn/- Terminal III project to proper use of public funds and discipline in financial management.
The President said the launch writes another history for Tanzania. “I call upon Tanzanians to grab opportunities, including jobs coming with the new terminal, stressing that the locals should benefit from those opportunities,” he remarked.
Elaborating on firm decisions that the country made in using its domestic revenues, he cited major strategic projects that include the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which will cost 7.5trl/-.
“We decided to construct the Rufiji River Hydropower project on which we will spend 6.5trl/-, we have decided to build the Ubungo Interchange project to cost 247bn/-, we Tanzanians have decided,” he emphasized.
Other projects that the country had dared to undertake, with their costs in brackets, are the Kigongo-Busisi bridge (696.2bn/-), which would be the longest bridge in east and central Africa, Selander Bridge (270bn/- ), and building an eight lane Morogoro highway (140bn/-).
“We have decided constructing various roads countrywide. A total of more than 2115 kilometres of roads are still under construction countrywide, on which we will spend 5.3trl-,” he said.
For Dar es Salaam alone, the government allocated 660bn/- to construct the city roads.
Dr Magufuli also said the government was now implementing various projects to construct and repair 15 airports, with 1.86trl/- expected to be spent for the purpose.
He went on saying that the government had also allocated 1.2trl/- to expand Dar es Salaam, Mtwara and Tanga ports.
The President explained that implementation of all those projects by using domestic revenues proves that Tanzania was rich.