Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

9 January 2013

Tanzania: State Vows to Build Airport in Singida

Singida — THE government has pledged to build a new airport at Singida to enable many people travel by air. President Jakaya Kikwete gave the promise on Sunday during the consecration of Bishop Alex Mkumbo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) at the Emmanuel Lutheran Cathedral here.

President Kikwete told the huge gathering that converged at the church for the occasion that feasibility studies for the airport would be ready later this year. He said construction of a 2-km long airstrip would begin after completion of feasibility studies.

He said that the airport will be big enough to accommodate 70-seater aircraft. Bishop Mkumbo had earlier on asked the government to look into the possibility of putting up an airport, noting that its presence would enable businessmen, government officials and other people to save many hours being spent on buses or cars.

"Mr president, our region is growing very fast. It is high time for the government to build an airport to reduce time spent on the roads," the bishop said. He further called on all Members of Parliament in the region to be close to their electorates. This, he said, would enable the legislators solve various problems the voters are facing including economic hardships.

"I am asking our MPs to be alert at their respective areas in overseeing proper finance management. Some of the councils return unspent money to the central government each year, while many development projects are in need of funds," he said.

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