30 November 2012

Tanzania: Local Transport Plan to Create 240,000 Jobs

ABOUT 240,000 jobs are expected to be generated during the implementation of Local Government Transport Programme Phase Two (LGTP 2) whose execution begins in July next year.

This kind of employment is going to be generated through government systems of using local contractors to carry out the physical works and use of labour based technology for construction and infrastructure maintenance.

Speaking at a one day meeting for validation of LGTP 2 Phase two held in Dar es Salaam, The Acting Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Mr Jummanne Sagini said through the use of labour-based methods for construction and maintenance of infrastructure, more jobs will be created and possibly double in number through secondary multiple effects.

He added that the government is keen to ensure that the implementation of the LGTP becomes a success. Speaking on behalf of Development Partners in Infrastructure Sector, the head of infrastructure from Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA) Mr Yuzulu Ozeki said development partners are very encouraged that they now have credible programme to support, that will bring serious investments in rural roads development.

Presenting a Paper at the meeting, the Director for Infrastructure development from Prime Minister's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG) Eng Elina Kayanda said the government appreciates development partners' efforts and contributions in preparation of the LGTP Two Programme and hoped the spirit of cooperation is maintained.

It is expected that the LGTP II programme will cost about 772 million US dollars, of which 240 million dollars will come from development partners, while the government is expected to contribute 212 million dollars.

LGRP Two Programme is aimed at improving road condition by up grading road surface, Removal of Bottlenecks, rehabilitation, road maintenances, replication of village travel and transport programme and institutional strengthening and capacity development.

The government launched the first phase of the Programme One in August 2007. Through this Programme the percentage of Local government classified roads in good condition were increased from 14 to 22 per cent. The efforts are focused on improvement of roads that were in fair condition.

The second phase of the Programme is a comprehensive programme for the development and maintenance of Tanzania Local Government Transport infrastructure.

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