23 January 2013

Tanzania: Magogoni Fish Market Modernisation Delayed

THE Ilala Municipal Council's reliance on the international fish market at Magogoni as a major source of revenues is said to be among the reasons behind delays in endorsing regulations necessary for modernisation of the facility.

Although the market provides direct and indirect jobs to about 50,000 people with its monthly total revenues rising to about 40m/- compared to only 20m/- two years ago, lack of the board of directors and proper management to run the facility efficiently has made it operate below standards.

Sources close to the Ilala Municipal Council that runs the market have it that absence of diverse sources of revenues other than the facility for financing the council's operations has contributed to delay in endorsing the regulations.

The approval of the regulations was necessary in the formation of the board of directors, an important instrument in putting up the management for running the facility profitably. Reached for comments in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Ilala Municipal Director, Mr Gabriel Fuime, asserted that the fish market was a major source of finance for the council and that the formation of the board would mean loss of revenues.

"Forming the board of directors to run the fish market would mean cutting off important source of revenue for the municipal council because planning and important decisions would be done by the management," he said.

However, he said the municipal authority has played its part by preparing the regulations which have been filed to the Prime Minister's Office for endorsement. "There is possibility that the delay in approving the regulations by the ministry could be linked with the municipality's use of the fish market as one of the major sources of revenues," he said.

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