Mwanza — THE Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP), Mwanza centre, is in the final process to start constructing its own buildings to cost 53bn/-, to curb the current high demand for development stakeholders who need planning officers.
The IRDP Lake zone Mwanza centre director, Dr Frank Hawassi, said that through the proposal the construction would be made in two phases whereby each phase would be implemented for a period of three years.
"We want to develop planning domains with a target to facilitate the national initiative of Big Result Now," said Dr Hawassi.
Dr Hawassi said construction of the institute will involve the construction of an academic block, two students' dormitories, a dispensary, canteen and construction of a road infrastructure that will enable the institute's accessibility.
He noted that the second phase would involve the construction of a multipurpose hall, two students' dormitories , an administration block, a library block and landscaping block that will cost about 23bn/-.
The Institute of Rural Development Planning will be built in Kiseke area in Ilemela district in the city where it bought a plot which cost 200m/- in a move to extend development planning expertise in Lake Zone regions.
Presiding over the institute's second graduation ceremony here over the weekend on behalf of Finance Minister, Dr William Mgimwa, the National Accreditation Council of Technical Education (NACTE) Executive Secretary, Dr Primus Nkwera, launched the digital library.
The library will help students access information and materials concerning their subjects as well as publications, researches and dissertations, technologically.
Dr Mgimwa, in his speech, said the government was determined to continue giving special attention to IRDP as a large development stakeholder with a view to ensuring that development reaches the village level.
"We have to accept that huge sums of money we set aside for development do not bring about the expected result due to a lack of planning experts," said Dr Mgimwa in the speech read on his behalf by Dr Nkwera.
The IDRP director, Dr Frank Hawassi, said statistics showed that the number of graduates in academic year 2012/2013 were 355, an increase of 32 per cent compared to those who graduated in the academic year 2011/2012 where the graduates were 269.
Of the 422 students who were registered for a certificate in rural development planning only 355 graduated, including 190 men and 165 women. The Institute of Rural Development Planning Lake Zone, Mwanza centre, was established in 2011.