TANZANIA : PRESIDENT Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan has directed Regional Commissioners (RCs) and Regional Administrative Secretaries (RASs) to use their positions in making decisions rather than waiting for instructions from up the hierarchy.
President Samia also told the leaders to work in accordance to the existing global changes.
She made the remark on Sunday during the closure of RCs and DCs’ six-day training held at Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Kibaha, Coast Region.
Dr Samia told the regional leaders that their positions represent her and other government’s institutions, so they must make wise decisions according to the prevailing environment and as well comply with rules, regulations and national laws.
“Stop feeling inferior and fearing to make decisions until instructions flow from above… If you become challenged by decisions you make, prepare a case that defends your decisions with confidence and make decisions based on fact from the environment surrounding you. Make sure it complies with rules, regulations and national laws,” she pointed out.
Elaborating, the Head of State noted that pandemic and wars have changed the economic and political system of the world and in turn making it possible for various regions to strengthen themselves in bloc such as BRICS bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“We need to change in response to changes occurring in the world, that’s why we have created the Ministry of Planning and Investment in which, there is a Planning Commission that will prepare the plans of the country in line with the changes in the world,” she said.
Dr Samia added that changes will not only be made by the Planning Commission and the Central Government, but should start at the grassroots.
Likewise, she told the regional leaders to ensure security and safety prevail in their areas of jurisdiction, saying that young people should respect the country’s moral values and refrain from immoral attitudes.
She also directed them to ensure that people have enough food by engaging many youths in the Building a Better Tomorrow (BBT) programme, which seeks to promote Tanzanian youth’s engagement in agribusiness for sustainable and improved livelihoods.
Moreover, the president directed the RCs to address complaints and needs of the people and resolve land disputes that are within their powers.
“You have got positions to serve the people, so prioritise solving their problems,” she insisted.
On supervising the development projects, she said that the government will not hesitate to take action against District Commissioners (DCs) who receive bribes.
The six-day training was aimed at increasing skills, ability to strengthen their leadership strategically in managing human resources, funds and other resources.
Earlier, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa appreciated President Dr Samia’s bold determination on fostering efficiency and creativity among leaders through various programmes, which contribute to good governance in the country.
“I thank you president for your visionary leadership that has been bringing many leaders together. Today we have Regional Commissioners and Regional Administrative Secretaries workshops to make them familiar with your vision, this system is good on boosting accountability and efficiency,” Mr Majaliwa said.
He said capacity building programmes to government leaders such as RCs and DCs will equip them with necessary skills for efficient supervision of development projects and by observing value for money and deadlines.