Mwanza — THE Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, has advised workers in his ministry to work hard so as to achieve the targets of the "Big Results Now" (BRN) motto.
Speaking in the city of Mwanza at the weekend, the minister, who was inaugurating the Mwanza Urban Water Sanitation Authority's (Mwauwasa) new board, said that it will be useless for the workers within his ministry to think that achievements will drop in without working hard.
"We, in government, agreed to work hard in order to implement the BRN slogan and according to me the big results should come now and not tomorrow. We must all work hard in order to end water blues in our country," he said.
The BRN concept, which was unveiled in February, this year by President Jakaya Kikwete, is a part of the government's efforts to transform the country from low to middle income economy.
It was adopted from the Malaysian Model of Development and was supposed to be implemented at the beginning of this year up to the end of next year. The initiative aims at adopting new methods of working under a specified time frame.
The upshot is delivery of the required development in the country. The minister challenged the Mwauwasa management to curb losses of water. He said that the 37 per cent of the water which is lost should be minimised despite the difficulties the authority is facing.
"In other countries the water infrastructure is under the control of the private sector. But in our country, the government built the water infrastructure and handed it to you. Yet you failed to deliver despite the many incentives you receive from government," he said.
The minister threw the challenge at Mwauwasa after the Executive Director with the authority, Eng. Anthony Sanga, said that the loss of water in Mwanza has reached 37 per cent.
"We are now trying to change our water meters. We believe that they perform below standard. We are now connecting more accurate, higher capacity," the Mwauwasa director said.