THE Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Mtwara has asked firms undertaking construction of public projects to use skilled and experienced workers to avoid poor performance and delays in projects implementation.
PCCB Regional Bureau Chief Enock Ngailo made the call here in Mtwara, saying most of the firms awarded tenders to construct public projects have tendency of employing unqualified workers who cause poor performance and delays.
Mr Ngailo was speaking during an event of signing 18 second phase agreements for road construction in Mtwara region during the financial year 2022/2023.
The deals worth 8.165bn/- were signed between Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) in the region and various road contractors.
“Most of the firms working on public projects including road construction works have the habit of assigning the works to workers with no skills and experience and thus causing poor performance and delay in completion of the work,” he said.
Mr Ngailo said the majority of the road construction projects that do not get completed within the initial set targets of time lures the firms and other related organs to engage in corruption acts.
Mtwara Regional Commissioner Colonel Ahmed Abbas reiterated the need for the contractors awarded the tenders to ensure the road projects are built and completed on time.
Colonel Abbas vowed close monitoring of the works to ensure better management of the implementation of the projects and completed within the set targets time.
TARURA Regional Manager in Mtwara Eng. Zuena Mvungi said the signed agreements are set to construct, repair and improve the road network in the districts of Mtwara region.
He said four out of 18 road construction projects worth 1.8bn/- would be implemented in Masasi District, five (2.2bn/-) in Newala, eight of the projects (3.8bn/-) and one project (231m/-) in Tandahimba District.
Mtwara region has a total of 6133.79 kilometer road network, 94.08 km are tarmacked and 965.05 gravel road and 574 are dusty.