FORMER Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye has urged Tanzanians to abandon selfishness and develop a culture of serving the needy people to boost national development and people's welfare.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam over the weekend during an annual dinner organized by the Manyara-based Northern Rift Valley Development Association (Norivada), Mr Sumaye decried the increasing degree of selfishness, which he said hinder development.
"We have to abandon selfishness and start collaborating with the people, especially the disadvantaged, to make them feel part of the society."
He underscored the need for people especially those with financial muscle to start thinking of how they can help people in need instead of only fending for their families.
"Any person with good intentions will first think of how to help his or her neighbour who needs assistance." Sumaye insisted and urged people who are well-off to collaborate with ordinary Tanzanians in social aspects so as to speed up economic development.
At the same event, the Norivada chairman, Joseph Tango, called upon Tanzanians to volunteer in various activities as part of fulfilling civic responsibilities. He said the time was ripe for Tanzanians to offer their services to help other people, adding:
"Everyone needs assistance of some kind in his or her daily life. We should therefore be ready to support those in need by volunteering our time, skills and resources."
Tango said the association was established to support communities in various aspects like education, water supply and the environment. He said since its establishment in 1981, the association has supported residents of Karatu, Hanang, Mbulu and Katesh districts in Manyara Region.
He urged residents of Manyara Region and other areas to continue supporting each other in various aspects. "I ask my friends, especially those living away from their original areas, to continue helping their relatives in rural areas so that they feel part of the community," he said.