Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Corruption Blamed for Fuelling Poverty

Arusha — THE prevalence of corruption and selfishness within government departments and institutions in the country is among setbacks over efforts and effective planning against poverty reduction.

The Deputy Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements, Dr Goodluck Ole-Medeye, said this over the weekend while addressing the 15th graduation ceremony of the Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA).

"Part of the taxpayers' money end up in the hands of the few greedy people of which some of them are unscrupulous leaders who are responsible for managing development projects in the country," Medeye said.

He added," I appeal to those who are fortunate enough to be appointed as members of the Constitutional Assembly to stand firm, with one voice, to make sure the constitution states corruption as an enemy of the nation and thus advance severe penalties to perpetrators."

He further said that graduates and other stakeholders should collaborate and provide education on the evils of corruption for a bright future for the nation, to achieve social development and political maturity.

In another development, Dr Medeye urged all students in, particularly those from universities, to utilise Information Communication Technology ( ICT) to gain knowledge which will be useful especially in a competitive East African Community (EAC) labour market as well as international.

"You have to use your computers for searching important information and also create connections which will enable you to get employment. Use it for accessing journals, books and research reports that are beneficial to you academically," he said.

The Chairperson of the IAA Governing Council, Ms Mwanaidi Mtanda, said that the institution has intentions to open another campus in Mwanza and currently plans are underway to open a campus in Babati - Manyara, the goal is to provide opportunities for Tanzanians in the context of increasing the quality of education and the number of students.

She added that IAA, this year, has set up a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Supply and Procurement. Also in conjunction with the University of Coventry in Britain and that of Galgotias in India has already begun to offer various courses including diploma and masters programmes.

Mtanda also requested the government to help solve the challenges of shortages of dormitories and lecture rooms.

Initially, the Head of the Institution, Prof Johannes Monyo, said a total of 1,510 graduates were awarded certificates in fields, such as banking , supply and procurement, accounting, tax, financial management, computer science and information technology.

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