Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

19 November 2012

Tanzania: Babati Town Eyes Municipality Status

WITH Arusha having been conferred city status, the Babati Town Council headquartered in Manyara Region, has started to improve its appearance with the aim of becoming a fully-fledged municipality.

Babati urban authorities expect to spend about 10.1 billion/- in constructing and rehabilitating dilapidated roads. The funds for the project have been requested from the World Bank. The Town Council Chairman, Mr Mohamed Farah Omar, disclosed this during a recently held, full council meeting which was also attended by the Babati District Commissioner, Mr Khalid Mandia.

Omar said that the money will be disbursed by the World Bank through the Prime Minister's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PROLAG). WB which is also financing the upgrading of Arusha roads has set aside funds particularly for towns, municipalities and cities which meet the World Bank's funding eligibility.

"I would like to inform you that our council has succeeded to be among town councils, municipalities and cities which will be given about 6.4 million US dollars, which is more than 10.1 billion for road construction and rehabilitation," said Omar.

He said that the council will ensure that the disbursement will be frugally spent in improving Babati town and he will never tolerate anyone poised to hinder the implementation of the envisaged project.

"May I say that I shall be stringent with my fellow councillors as this is a major project for our town and we must therefore all co-operate to fulfil the set out goals," said Omar. Earlier, the District Commissioner, Mr Khalid Mandia, commended the Council Chairman for the outstanding performance and management of council projects and funds.

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