PM thumbs up pace for construction of govt city

DODOMA: PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said the process of construction of offices at the Magufuli City located at Mtumba in the capital city has so far reached 73 per cent, according to a report submitted to his office in January 2024.

The Premier says the pace is part of efforts in his office to complement President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts to ensure that all public servants relocate to the country’s headquarters, whereas the construction process is now at Phase II.

Mr Majaliwa was speaking in Dodoma yesterday, when officiating at laying a foundation stone for the construction of Weight and Measures Agency (WMA) offices. According to Mr Majaliwa, having new offices at the Mtumba government city was one of the measures to ensure that services were being brought closer to people.

“The construction of offices during this second phase is now at 73 per cent, and, sooner than later all public servants will relocate to the country’s capital, and this is part of efforts by the sixth phase government in intensifying services to people,’’ he said.

Mr Majaliwa insisted that the government’s target to see all public servants relocating to the country’s capital by 2024 is met. The second phase of the construction of the Magufuli City started in October 2021 and was expected to be completed in October 2023. However, the government extended the deadline to 2024.

Towards the end of last year, the Premier also demanded all contractors implementing the projects to ensure that they buy locally made industrial materials, in efforts to restore foreign currency as well as increasing the value chain in local investment.

Mr Majaliwa issued the directives when he made a working tour to inspect the progress on the ongoing projects, where he insisted that the objective of the government under the leadership of President Samia was to see all public servants working from official buildings.

“The dream of our president is to see this project being executed as planned by observing all standards and value for money maintained.” “Just look at all possible technical measures to complete these buildings on time without affecting the required qualities including supervising the projects day and night because Tanzanians are eager to see the buildings being used as expected,” he noted.

The Prime Minister reiterated the need for contractors undertaking the projects at the area to make sure that they bank on procuring construction materials locally.

“President Dr Samia has always been enticing local and international investors to set up construction factories in the country including those producing tiles, therefore, my plea is that we should massively capitalise on these instead of importing similar products from outside the country,” he added.

Regarding the construction of WMA building, Mr Majaliwa paid tribute to the management for having offices via internal revenues as he directed on the need to consider quality and value for money so that clients get the expected services.

“Make sure that you purely supervise the legislation as well as conducting timely inspections so that citizens who are your main clients are conducting business considering their rights,’’ he added.

Speaking at a similar event, the Minister for Trade and Industries, Dr Ashatu Kijaji said the construction of WMA offices in Dodoma was being done via internal revenue sources, adding that it was due to the directives from the country’s top leaders.

She said that completion of the building would amount to improving service delivery because WMA is expected to have modern labs that will remove all bottlenecks that have of recent been drawing complaints from members of the public.

“The construction of these offices will go directly with yet another move to construct regional offices, in our move to ensure that WMA brings services closer to people,’’ added Dr Kijaji.

Dodoma Regional Commis- sioner (RC) Rosemary Senyamule said that 2022 Population and Housing Census statistics showed that Dodoma had 836,909 buildings among them 1,461were storey buildings, adding that for the last year, the government gave permits to 35 public institutions to construct storey buildings including WMA.

The RC further said that currently, the Dodoma region has a total of 1,497 government storey buildings excluding private sector buildings, which raises the status of the region as the country’s capital.

She said that strategic development projects in the region are progressing well, where the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has reached 96 per cent, the government city (74 per cent), Msalato Airport structures (12 per cent), Airport runway (47 per cent), ring road lot one (71 per cent) and lot two (59 per cent).

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