10 May 2014

Tanzania: Insufficient Funds Hamper Projects' Implementation

Dodoma — INADEQUATE funds and delays in distribution of the same is the main reason why the government fails to complete in time some of its projects.

This was said by the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Kebwe Stephen Kebwe, when he was responding to a question from Mary Pius Chatanda (Special Seats, CCM).

The legislator wanted to know why the government had failed to complete construction of an administration block at the Korogwe School of Nursing, which has forced workers at the institution to use one of the classrooms as their office, while students use the dining room as their classroom.

The deputy minister said that budget allocation delays affect implementation of some of the projects, saying that in the 2013/14 financial year, a total of 700/- was allocated towards completion of health projects, but until April, this year only 500 million had been issued.

He said that 22 out of 77 institutions under the ministry of health have construction projects under way and pointed out that the Korogwe school is one of them.

"The Korogwe Nursing School has a project involving construction of a fence, administration block and a dormitory and one deep water well," he said.

He added that the ministry has put in place plans to complete the construction, but noted that this will largely depend on the amount of funds allocated for the project.

The deputy minister said that priority has been directed towards the construction of the water well, where so far 60m/- has been set aside and after that all efforts will be directed towards completion of the remaining projects.

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