THE Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has decided to employ its top management officers on a contract basis instead of the present system in which all staff are hired on permanent and pensionable terms.
According to the TPA board chairman, Professor Joseph Msambichaka, the decision has been taken to increase operational efficiency and performance.
He explained that under the new arrangement, all top officials, including directors and senior managers will now be given five-year contracts with a possibility of renewal based on performance.
"Apart from ensuring maximum performance and high accountability, the board has also been impressed by the performance of the present management that has led to increased revenue and business turnover for the past year," the board chairman reported.
Prof Msambichaka noted that under the permanent and pensionable mode of employment, it has been hard to hold the top management accountable "what with the 'business as usual' stance being the order of the day".
Following the new system the TPA board has awarded five-year contract to a number of directors, including the Acting Director General Engineer Alois Matei.
Other top officials whose employment terms have been recategorised under the contract term, include the Dar es Salaam Port Manager, Mr Awadhi Massawe, Director of Human Resources, Mr Peter Gawile, Director of Engineering, Engineer Wiiliam Elias, Director of ICT Mr Phares Magesa and Director of Operations, Mr Hebel Mhanga.
The rest are Mr Lazaro Twange, Captain Abdullah Mwingamo, Mr Mashaka Kisanta and Mr Michael Simba, who have been promoted to the posts of Chief Security Officer, Manager of Oil Gate and Manager of Procurement and Supplies respectively.
Prof Msambichaka also said the board has advised the Minister for Transport to hold back the process of inviting local and foreign candidates for the post of Director General "owing to the fact that the sitting DG is doing well with a number of strategies targeting to improve and revamp TPA operations".
He mentioned some of the strategies as controlling theft in the containers and surpassing Big Results Now (BRN) targets in handling cargo with records showing TPA managed to handle 13 million tons last year compared to 12 million tons in 2012 and 10.3 million tons the previous year.
Other performance indicators include managing to attract new businesses from foreign countries like the DRC, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and Malawi as well enabling TPA to get clean reports in the books of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) for the 2012/2013 financial year.