Tanga — THE Minister for Industry and Trade, Dr Abdallah Kigoda, has assured Tanga residents that the government was determined to restore the region's industries in order to tape its abundant natural resources and opportunities to speed up socio-economic development.
Dr Kigoda announced the government's position over the week, while responding to arguments raised by some Tanga residents that the region's economy had plummeted and no effort was being taken to salvage it.
The question came up during a Regional Consultative Council meeting held at the regional commissioner's office which was attended by government leaders, district council leaders and development stakeholders. "Honourable regional commissioner, Tanga residents are suffering from poverty due to closure of industries.
Tanga, in the recent past, had many industries but many of them do not exist today and we don't see any effort to revive them," said Salehe Yahaya. Responding to the concerns, Dr Kigoda said it was not true that many industries in Tanga are bankrupt, because currently there were more than 300 industries operating in Tanga.
He, however, said that the government was taking deliberate efforts not only to revive the malfunctioning industries like Chuma (iron and steel industry), but also to invite investors to establish new industries. He further said this year, Rhino cement factory will be opened and plans to build Sungura cement factory were in the pipeline.
He went on saying that the government will also build a fruit processing plant at Segera as well as establishing more than 20 industries at Neema. He said that all these efforts were being taken by the government and that the future of the region is more promising, thus residents should prepare themselves to use the emerging opportunities.
Tanga Regional Commissioner, Ms Chiku Gallawa, called upon Tanga residents and all development stakeholders to join forces, work hard and maintain peace in order to bring about development.