TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: Samia unveils grand plan

DAR ES SALAAM: IN a significant move aimed to revolutionise traffic management and combat corruption, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced plans to deploy cameras and automated systems on road networks countrywide.

This announcement marks a significant step towards modernising law enforcement and ensuring smoother traffic flow throughout the country.

The president made this announcement on Thursday during an official ceremony at State House in Dar es Salaam, where she swore in several leaders.

President Samia emphasised that the transition to automated systems is part of a broader effort to modernise the Ministry of Home Affairs and enhance efficiency in policing. By leveraging technology, the government aims to reduce instances of corruption and ensure swift responses to incidents on the roads.

“We are transforming the Ministry of Home Affairs to go electronically, so that Police Stations will be able to send real-time reports to the police headquarters on the same day an incident occurs, eliminating the long delays,” President Samia remarked during the ceremony.

Furthermore, President Samia underscored the importance of timely project implementation within the Ministry of Home Affairs. She directed the newly appointed Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Daniel Sillo, to collaborate with other officials in the ministry to ensure that various initiatives are swiftly put into action.

Among those sworn in during the ceremony included a minister, Deputy Ministers, Regional Commissioners, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary of Tanzania, and a Judge of the High Court.

President Samia also issued a directive to the newly appointed Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth, Employment, and Persons with Disability), Deogratius Ndejembi, emphasising the critical role of overseeing youth development initiatives across Tanzania.

“Given the diverse responsibilities within your ministry, encompassing institutions vital for the advancement of youths, persons with disabilities, and the broader population, it is imperative to prioritise the needs of our youths,” remarked President Samia.

President Samia emphasised the ministry’s pivotal role in formulating and implementing policies tailored to the unique challenges faced by young people and individuals with disabilities. She highlighted the overarching goal of fostering comprehensive youth development, emphasising the cross-cutting nature of youth-related activities across all sectors.

“The ministry’s primary objective is to ensure that our youth receive the necessary training and support to thrive in various sectors, be it through vocational training provided by institutions like the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) or other avenues such as agriculture and fisheries,” President Samia explained.

Furthermore, President Samia urged the minister to closely monitor the progress of youths across different regions, identifying employment opportunities, and facilitating their seamless integration into the workforce.

She emphasised the importance of coordinating efforts to match youths with suitable employment opportunities and ensuring their successful transition into the workforce.

“In line with our commitment to youth empowerment, the ministry must prioritise facilitating the progression of our youths, identifying sectors offering employment prospects, and supporting their endeavours,” President Samia affirmed. “This ministry’s mandate extends beyond financial concerns; its paramount duty is to champion the holistic development of our youths.”

Chief Justice, Professor Ibrahimu Juma said in terms of the Judiciary, the Chief Registrar will help them a lot in increasing the strength in the delivery of justice.

“In the court or in our country, the registrars are the engine of the court, today has given us people who are very important because of all the activities of judicially they start and end in the registry.

“If the registry is strong, the court becomes strong, all the complaints that are received are sent to the registry so they are not middle level leaders but they are very important,” he said.

Speaker of Parliament, Dr Tulia Ackson, informed the newly appointed officials that they have a limited timeframe to acquaint themselves with their new roles.

She emphasised the importance of rapid learning, stating that the ongoing budget session would entail addressing issues from both the previous fiscal year 2023/24 and anticipated matters for the next fiscal year 2024/25.

Dr Tulia highlighted that they should anticipate facing inquiries on these matters and advised them to prepare accordingly. While urging them to expedite their learning process, she extended best wishes and assured them of the Parliament’s full cooperation and support.

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