1 January 2013

Tanzania: Tanga RC Urges Use of Local Resources to Fight Poverty

Tanga — TANGA Regional Commissioner Chiku Gallawa has called upon residents in the region to use available resources and opportunities in bringing about better lives and alleviate poverty at family level.

The RC said this yesterday while delivering a New Year's message to Tanga residents. She said that the government was determined to bring about development to its people, but such development should be initiated by wananchi themselves.

The RC stated that Tanga Region has a lot of opportunities and resources including arable and fertile land, good road networking such as ports and airports which were driving forces in the development process.

Ms Gallawa urged the residents to work hard as they enter the New Year in order to reduce poverty and develop the region economically. "Hardworking shall be our prayer, even the holy books emphasize on hardworking, the one who works hard deserves reward here on earth and in heaven...so let us shun laziness, instead we should always think on what to do in order to increase productivity, this will help us curb poverty," she insisted.

The RC also urged the residents to cooperate and love each other regardless of their faith or political affiliations, in order to maintain peace and harmony. According to Ms Gallawa, peace and harmony was a favourable condition for economic, social and political development, thus every good citizen who wants development, must first observe peace.

Speaking about security, the regional commissioner who is also the chairperson of the regional defence and security committee said that the question of security was the responsibility of every citizen at his or her own locality. She said that, to make sure that wananchi participate in defence and security matters, the government has introduced a participatory security programme, through which the community collaborates with security organs to curb criminal activities.

In agriculture, the regional commissioner has pointed out that wananchi should be involved in growing short term crops like cassava, millet and potatoes, so as to curb hunger and malnutrition in their families. "We are experiencing drought these days so the best way to curb hunger is to grow short term crops.

If farmers insist on growing maize they will continue to suffer from hunger and actually it is a shame for Tanga Region to ask for relief food every year, let us change our mindsets," she insisted.

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