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Ministry embarks on construction of renewable energy skills centre

Ministry embarks on construction of renewable energy skills centre

THE Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has embarked on construction of a new vibrant centre at its Renewable Energy Skills Centre under Arusha Technical College, which will be able to accommodate 650 students at a time.

Speaking immediately after inspecting the existing infrastructure at the centre in Arusha on Monday, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry Prof Carloyne Nombo said the construction will be funded by the World Bank through the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) project.

She said the project aims to increase the training opportunities for skilled technicians in the field of electricity.

Prof Nombo said although the college continues to provide training, the existing infrastructure was built by the Germans in the 1930s and is also inadequate.

She said the new centre will be equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning equipment, so that it can provide training in line with modern technology and produce professionals, who can compete in the labour market.

“The existing centre was built 92 years ago by the Germans, so it has very old technology plants…we are rebuilding it to be able to provide training that will be equivalent with the growth of technology. It could also help in producing experts who will be involved in working on strategic projects like the Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric Power Plant (JNHPP),”said Prof Nombo.

In addition, Prof Nombo called on the Arusha Technical College, to ensure that it implements the government's mandate to produce skilled and competent youth in various areas, in order to get experts who will participate in strategic projects.

On his part, Architect Mringo Yassin from Y & P Architects (T) limited, who was tasked with designing the infrastructure, said the architectural design work would take six months and construction was expected to take almost 12 months to complete.

Arch Yassini said the graphic design work involved hostels, classrooms, lecture halls, garages as well as the offices of trainers and staff of the centre, where he stressed that the entire infrastructure designed enables the centre to accommodate 650 students at a time.

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