TANGA: PRIME MINISTER, Kassim Majaliwa has urged immigration officers who completed training at Raphael Kubaga Immigration Training College in Mkinga District, Tanga region to use the skills and knowledge acquired to prevent crimes in porous and border areas.
He made the remarks on Friday during the official closing of training to 521 of immigration officers.
He expressed gratitude to President Samia Suluhu Hassan for fulfilling her zeal of building capacity to defence and security organs in the country.
Mr Majaliwa urged graduates to demonstrate patriotism by putting forward national interest in their daily routine.
“Everyone should adhere to ethics, work taboos and should be a good example and show high integrity in the work stations where they will be assigned,” he said.
Nevertheless, he directed leaders of the Immigration Force to take strict punishment to graduates who will breach the conduct by being involved in corruption, stealing of government revenue or joining any illegal immigration network.
He also directed the graduates to catch up with new technological changes which emerge with new form of crime, including cyber human trafficking, saying it demands immigration officers to be updated all the time.
Mr Majaliwa directed the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency’s (TARURA) Tanga Regional Manager to make sure that the road section which connects the college and the main road is constructed at tarmac level and completed before next year’s graduation.
In addressing water challenge at the college and neighbouring villages, he directed the authority responsible for water supply in the region to connect the college with water system.
“Even the Permanent Secretary you are here; see how you can solve water shortage in this college by allocating money that will enable them to construct a water tank with capacity of meeting the college demand” he said.
Earlier, Minister for Home Affairs, Eng Hamad Masauni said for many years the immigration force was not providing training to its workers.
“It was last year when we deployed the first batch of graduates, we thank President Dr Samia for allocating 1.5bn/- for construction of the force buildings, we also had no new employment, but today we appreciate the president for adding new workers, including these 521 who are graduating today,” Mr Masauni said.
For his part, Deputy Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism, Mr Dunstan Kitandula appreciated the presence of the Raphael Kubaga College, calling for further expansion of the college to serve the entire East Africa.
Equally, Commissioner General of Immigration, Dr Anna Makakala requested the government to renovate the infrastructures of the college, including the parading ground.
Additionally, she said construction of the water tank with capacity of 250,000 litres will address water shortage in the college and neighbouring villages.