Ngara residents rejoice as Tembo Nickel hands over projects to govt

IT was all joy as Ngara residents, led by Ngara District Commissioner (DC), Colonel Mathias Kahabi, received projects in various sectors, including health and education, which were implemented with support from Tembo Nickel Mining Company under Kabanga Project.

At the handing over ceremony held yesterday at Nyabihanga Primary School, Mr Kahabi hailed Tembo Nickel for the support that had greatly improved people’s lives.

“On behalf of all Ngara residents and the Tanzania government, I hail Tembo Nickel Company for the support, which had greatly improved people’s lives. We have a duty to safeguard and ensure that the projects are not vandalised,” he said.

He explained that through the support, the residents, especially women and children could now access health delivery services at nearby rehabilitated dispensaries compared to the past when they had to travel long distances of 30kms to get the service.

Tembo Nickel General Manager, Mr Manny Ramos, on his part, explained that the 2022 community development projects cost a total of 208.1m/- upon completion.

He listed the projects including construction of classrooms at Mukivumu, Gwenzaza, Muganza and Nyabihanga primary schools, where Tembo Nickel also donated 160 desks and chairs.

Tembo Nickel also constructed a maternity ward at Bugarama Ward and donated medical equipment at Bugarama and Nyakisasa wards.

Mr Ramos explained that the implementation of the 2022 community development projects followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in July, last year between Tembo Nickel and Ngara District Council, adding that another MoU would be signed soon for 2023 period.

Tembo Nickel also supported the training of Community Health Workers (CWs) in nine villages who were also provided with 18 bicycles to enable them to reach the communities at grassroots level.

Dr Paschal Manyungu the officer in-charge for Bugarama dispensary explained that within 54 days after completion of the maternity ward, at least 104 pregnant women had given safe deliveries, saying that this was a milestone.

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