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Ethiopia: Long Delayed Ne’kemite Stadium Nears Completion

The construction of Ne’kemite Stadium which cost 154 million Br has reached 94pc completion. The construction of the Stadium began in 2009 with an expected completion period of two years.

Oromia Water Works Construction Enterprise (OWWCE) is the main contractor for the construction under MH Engineering Plc’s supervision.

The Stadium, located 331Kms from Addis Abeba, was designed to have a capacity of accommodating 30,000 spectators at once. Currently, the civil works have been completed, and final touches on electrical installations and other items used for different sports games are going on.

Various items needed for athletics competitions, running, jumping and discus throwing have already been procured. But, laying the running track was not possible due to continuous downpours in the town, according to Teshome Gemeda, Ne’kemite, project manager of the stadium.

The six-year delay of the project is linked to the under-performance of the contractor, according to him.


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Nigeria: Nigeria Approves Construction of 3,050MW Mambilla Electricity Project At $5.7 Billion

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, approved $5.792 billion (about N1.140 trillion) for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts Mambilla Hydro-Power project at Gembu in Taraba.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents alongside the ministers of labour and employment as well as the minister of sports, on the outcome of the Council’s meeting.

“The memorandum from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing was to the award of the Mambilla Hydro-Power plant. I believe that many of you have heard of this project.

“Nigeria started talking about it since 1972; that is about 45 years ago.

“Several efforts had been made to bring it to reality but I’m happy to announce that this government approved the contract today to joint ventures of Chinese Civil and Engineering company for the engineering and turn-key contract, including civil and electro-mechanical works for $5.792 billion.

“The construction should take about 72 months (6 years),” he said.

According to him, the scope of works of the project will include the construction of four dams and 700 kilometres of transmission lines.

The minister said the project, when completed, would boost the nation’s economy as it would unleash the potential that had been reported about Mambilla in the fields of agriculture, tourism and energy.

“It will also help Nigeria strike a very big blow on the climate change issue and fulfil its commitment under the Paris Agreement, because this is going to be renewable energy, coming also at a relatively competitive cost.

Mr. Fashola said the project would be jointly financed by the federal government and the China Export Import, EXIM, Bank.

EXIM bank will provide 85 per cent of the cost while the federal government would provide 15 per cent.

The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, told the correspondents that he presented to the council, the AfroBasket women champions, who after 12 years, won the championship in Mali on Sunday.

“When they were presented to the ministry yesterday, we sought the approval of Mr. President which he graciously approved to receive them today and indeed they were received in council and having emerged as champions, they are qualified for the competition in Spain in 2018.”

“Although we have athletes who had competed in other sports and had won laurels for the country, we felt it was economical to present the basketball team which was handy on ground in view of the fact that if you look at the component of players, they were mixed with national players and foreign based.

“So, we got the opportunity handy and had received them and for those we have not been able to do, we will still do it at the appropriate time, knowing too well that this government is always committed to receiving and honouring our athletes whenever they make the country proud,” he said.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, explained that the council approved Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulation to ensure industrial safety in the country.

He said the approval was in line with international best practices to safeguard lives and property in the industrial sector of the nation’s economy.


Cameroon: Douala – Rehabilitation On Course

By Christopher Jator

The vast site envisaged concerns the Reunification stadium and the training sites.

As 2019 approach, government is working tooth and nail to live up to expectation with the exigencies of hosting the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the male category. With CAF’s decision moving the competing teams from 16 to 24, the country needs more stadia for the tournament. There seem to be concerted efforts in the preparation in the economic capital, Douala, to meet set date.

Three stadia under rehabilitation are due to be ready before the continental football jamboree.

These include the Reunification Stadium, Mbappé Léppé Stadium and Mojas Stadium. Their current state, experts say, requires some works to live up to the CAF and FIFA standards.

Renovation of the Reunification Stadium including training grounds is going on. Works related to the rehabilitation of the playground are on course. There is refurbishing of the seating space and rehabilitation of the turf and the athletics tracks of the stadium which will soon be considered. The main structure, the seats, the stand, the lamps, the functional and equipment rooms as well as the football field are visible. Works out of the structure as well as electricity and potable water supply are still to

get the edifice fully ready. The optimism of local officials and some football fans was reinforced after a mission of Canadian experts visited the stadium July 11. On the occasion, Benjamin Yakana, director of the South Atlantic Corporation, involved in the renovation project, said: “In the coming weeks, work will begin “. It should be added that there is provision for the construction of an annex stadium.

Located in Douala’s heartbeat neighbourhood, Akwa, the stadium is hub for regular sports and cultural activities. The infrastructure, like that of Bonamoussadi, will serve as a training ground for the participating teams. It is due to undergo an overhaul including lawns, parking lots, etc. Various technical teams for the continental tournament has visited and inspected the structure. The team assessed the quality of its gallery, made of metal beams and certainly took noticed of the need to work on the drainage.

Civil engineering works at the Mojas Stadium in Bonamoussadi is another training ground of great importance. Easily accessed, the playing ground has a modest tribune and a sandy pitch. It will play a more modest, though not negligible role of hosting trainings during the AFCON. Rehabilitation work is yet to effectively begin.


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Nigeria: Osinbajo Orders 24 Hours Power Supply for Ariaria Market Aba

By Cletus Ukpong

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to intervene and ensure that the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia States, enjoys 24 hours supply of electric power.

The city of Aba is noted for its huge commercial activities, while the Ariaria Market is one of the most popular markets in the southern part of the country.

Mr Osinbajo’s directive, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Presidency, followed a “strong and persuasive case” made for the market by the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.

A team from the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is said to have already visited the market for a technical study to collect data that would determine the market’s power requirements.

The leadership of various clusters in the market is said to have agreed to assist the REA with all the support required to implement the project.

The President, Aba Chamber of Commerce, Emma Nwakpadolu, thanked the acting president, the federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, and the Abia State government for their plans for the market.

The federal government’s delegation to Ariaria was led by the Managing Director, REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi, while the Abia government delegation was led by Chinenye Nwogu and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications, Sam Hart.


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Cag Report Highlights Sumatra’s Weaknesses

By Faustine Kapama

CAG, Professor Mussa Assad

SURVEYS and inspections of vessels are very important in ensuring safety in maritime transportation if they are well managed. In light of that, the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) carries such mandate. However, in his performance audit report on the management of surveys and inspection of vessels in maritime transportation, the Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Prof. Mussa Assad, has noted ineffective measures, ultimately SUMATRA targets of reducing accidents were not met since marine accidents were often occurring. This contributed to risk of making maritime transportation in Tanzania mainland unsafe. Our Staff Writer FAUSTINE KAPAMA reports…

SAFETY management in maritime transportation is important and if well managed can save peoples’ lives, reduce injuries and loss of properties by reducing the number of accidents.

In this regard, the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) which is under the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication has been mandated to oversee implementation of safety management in maritime transportation through surveys and inspections of vessels.

Survey of vessel is a detailed examination, done by Surveyor for the purpose of determining its current condition and seaworthiness and if the vessel is safe to use in conditions for which it was designed, and what maintenance and repairs are required or likely to be required in the future. Likewise, inspection of vessel refers to examination of the vessel for the purpose of enhancing compliance with safety standards.

Both survey and inspection of vessels if properly conducted can help to reduce non-compliance of safety standards. Ultimately it can reduce the number of accidents and incidences in maritime transportation.

Based on risk of occurrence of maritime accidents and incidents caused by inadequate surveys and inspections of vessels, the CAG, Prof. Mussa Assad decided to carry out performance audit on how SUMATRA and Ministry effectively manage surveys and inspections of vessels. Such audit was motivated by a number of factors, including a report on “Identifying Transport Potential Development Areas” by Bureau for Industrial Cooperation (2011).

The report submitted to SUMATRA, shows poor and unsafe boats frequently used to transport passengers within the lakes which posed a high risk to life and properties of passengers. Similarly, according to a report of SUMATRA explaining “why marine accidents will always increase,” marine accident will always increase due to the fact that, vessels are overloaded with passengers and cargo and most of the vessels do not have the required standards.

Furthermore, SUMATRA reports on marine accidents and incidents that occurred in Tanzania within eight years showed the number of fatalities is decreasing. However there was a risk of occurrence of marine accidents and incidents due to inadequate surveys and inspections of vessels.

Furthermore, report on Trends, Causal Analysis, and Recommendations from 14 Years of Ferry Accidents (2016) by Worldwide Ferry Safety Association showed that 232 ferry accidents occurred over the 14-year period from 2000 to 2014.

There was also a report from the media that that marine industry operators have to create the culture of inspecting speed boats, particularly those plying between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar in order to reduce the number of accidents. Most of these accidents are a result of lack of inspections supposed to be carried out by SUMATRA. By a conservative tally based on news reports, 21,574 lives were lost, an average of 130 deaths per incident and 1,541 deaths per year.

The accidents reported occurred in 43 different countries around the world, with three countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines, responsible for almost 50 percent of all accidents.

Even more striking, the five countries of Bangladesh, Tanzania, Indonesia, Senegal, and the Philippines were responsible for almost twothirds of all fatalities in the 14-year period.According to the report, Tanzania had 15 percent of proportion of ferry fatalities in the 14 year period (World Bank 2015).

It was such point in time when the CAG decided to conduct his audit to, among others, determine whether SUMATRA sets adequate plans for surveys and inspections of vessels and assess whether SUMATRA adequately implements plans for surveys and inspections of vessels.

The CAG was also to assess the extent to which SUMATRA enforces compliance with safety standards through surveys and inspections of vessels and the extent to which the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication conducts monitoring and evaluation on issues of safety in maritime transportation.

His audit focused on issues such as planning, implementation of plans, enforcement of safety standards as well as monitoring and evaluation of surveys and inspections of vessels. Three regions of Dar-es-Salaam, Mwanza and Tanga were covered.

Priority was given to these regions as they have a lot of maritime transportation activities and tremendous survey and inspection activities.

The audit covered a period of five financial years from 2011/2012 to 2015/2016 because during this period, SUMATRA introduced second corporate strategic plan (2013/14-2017/18) which aimed at reducing accidents and incidents to zero for ships and by 50 percent each year of small ships. However during this period there were more marine accidents and incidents occurred than expected.

The audit also covered issues such as planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of surveys and inspections activities. In his findings, the CAG has noted absence of Data Base to Accommodate Registration of Small Ships, inadequate survey and inspection plans, implementation of surveys and inspections of vessels were not assessed and surveys and inspections were not risk based.

He noted inadequate on coverage of surveys and inspections checklists, number of small ships surveyed and inspected, enforcement of safety standards, monitoring on surveys and inspections of vessels and no action taken by the ministry, as a result of monitoring SUMATRA’s performance.

The CAG has come up with a number of recommendations to SUMATRA to ensure that all small ships are licensed and registered timely and the database are established and maintained. It should assess its capacity in terms of human resources and facilities against its responsibility for the purpose of bringing to light, whether or not they need capacity building and in which areas.

SUMATRA has to establish computerized system for documentation of maritime activities such as registration of ships, register for small ships, records of surveys and inspections for both ships and small ships, non-compliance of safety standards and so on.

It should also establish coordination mechanisms with Fisheries Department in order to cover fishing vessels for surveys and inspections and make assessment on implementation of set plans for surveys and inspections of vessels.

Furthermore, SUMATRA should ensure surveyors are qualified and well trained as per requirements of sub sector and also are sufficient for attending available vessels. In its part, according to the CAG, the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication should access its capacity in terms of human resources with respect to overseeing SUMATRA’s execution of its responsibility.

The ministry should also prioritize to carry out monitoring and evaluation on the performance of SUMATRA specifically on surveys and inspections of both ships and small ships. It has further to establish proper reporting mechanisms which will ensure delivery of information from SUMATRA regarding safety management in maritime transportation.

Nigeria: Oshodi-Apapa Expressway Gridlock – Fashola, Ambode Ignore Road As Robbers Terrorise Motorists

By Kingsley Adegboye and Joseph Undu


Lagos–Residents and motorists that use the gateway to the nations major ports, the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, are back to the days of horrifying gridlock that makes their lives miserable.

Traffic robbers are back, dispossessing trapped motorists of their belongings.

It is pitiable that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his predecessor, who happens to be the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, despite assuring Lagosians of readiness to solve the perennial problem by completing the rehabilitation of the dual carriageway in good time have jettisoned the rehabilitation work.

It seems the scenario stopping the rehabilitation of Oshodi-Murtala Airport road is also playing out on this all-important expressway.

Governor Ambode had accused the Federal Ministry of Works of frustrating some of his plans in Lagos State, saying the federal ministry of two things: failure to allow the state government rebuild the Oshodi road that leads to the Lagos Airport and failure to ensure the proper handover of the Presidential Lodge in Lagos to the state government as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Responding to the accusation, the Minister, said his “response is to ensure that members of the public are not misled by deliberate or inadvertent mis-statements” of the Lagos governor.

The minister explained that the request of the Lagos government to take over the Oshodi-airport road, as well as three other federal roads in the state, was still being discussed at the Federal Executive Council.

“Federal Executive Council Memorandum are debated and commented upon by all members and in cases of roads, surveys, maps and other material have to be provided to assist members understand the location and connectivity of the roads, (in this case Four roads), in order to assist how they vote on the Memorandum,” Fashola said.

A visit to Tin Can Island through Oshodi yesterday revealed the pitiable state of the highway between Coconut Bus-stop and Tin Can Port second gate.

The entire stretch of the road is in a terrible state of degradation due to several years of neglect, with gullies and deep potholes on the road.

The menacing presence of the petroleum products tankers and trailers on the road is the reason Apapa-bound motorists and commuters spend several hours to get to their destinations on daily basis.

Those who have targets to meet now use the services of commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada riders despite the obvious risk. In fact, most commercial drivers and motorists now navigate through Olodi-Apapa through Boundary, Ajegunle, to access Apapa.

The indiscriminate parking of these trucks worsen the already chaotic traffic situation in the area.

This traffic gridlock has led to hoodlums vandalising peoples’ cars and robbing them of their belongings.

According to eyewitnesses accounts, so many commuters have been so far dispossessed of their belongings by miscreants since the reappearance of the terrible traffic situation.

One of the victims, a port operator who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that: “It is not clear what led to the resurgence of the gridlock on this expressway after it had disappeared for sometime.

“I strongly believe the indiscriminate parking on the road by these tanker drivers, and bad road networks in and around Apapa may be the cause.

“Lagos State government really needs to do something to put an end to this traffic problem. A lot of productive hours are being wasted in this gridlock every day and this is one of the roads that connect the sea ports, the economic nerve centre of Nigeria. A good percentage of Lagos Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, is from this part of the state, yet the road networks here are terrible.

Another commuter noted that: “Lagos State Transport Management Authority, LASTMA and Lagos Task Force are not doing enough to effectively control traffic on this road.”

Nigeria: World Bank Applauds Fashola’s Power Plan, Offers Financial Support

The World Bank and some multilateral agencies in Washington have applauded the power sector recovery plan of Minister of Works, Power, Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and offered to render financial support.

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who disclosed this as head of Nigeria’s delegation to the World Bank-IMF meetings in Washington, USA, also reassured Nigerians that the cash recoveries being made by agencies of government in President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive would not be re-looted

She quoted the World Bank and IMF as saying that the power sector recovery plan of Fashola was realistic.

In a meeting with the agencies, Fashola was said to have presented the power plan, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, only about a month ago, and secured the support of the financial institutions.

According to Adeosun, at a press briefing in Washington, “what the power sector recovery plan has done is to look at all the problems really honestly. The multilateral agencies have looked at the plan we have put together and they like it because, as they said it is realistic.

“We have really dimensioned all the issues from GenCos to DisCos to end users to metering, and one thing that everybody is very clear of is that it is a big problem.

“So, it is a large problem that will take some time to solve, but the most important thing is that there are milestones of what we are expecting to see.

“The multilateral agencies have pledged their support financially, because those investments are tied to certain results. For example, if you look at the issues around the transmission, power is generated, but can’t be evacuated because the transmission capacity is not there. So, just investing in the transmission capacity in certain areas will change the power outlook.

“From the impression I got, yesterday, from the meeting,they were optimistic that if we actually implement what we’ve planned, and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing was very emphatic that he is going to drive the implementation.

“I feel quite optimistic that it is realistic. We are not saying throw away your generator by December, it is a realistic plan, but it is going to take time.

“If we have power, a lot of factories that have closed down can re-open. So, it ties with our Economic and Recovery Growth Plan.’

Recovered funds will not be re-looted

On recovered funds, she assured that the money would not be re-looted, stressing that the country now has a single account for reconciling recovered funds, to avoid re-looting.

She said: “We have a recovery account. All the recovered monies go into the recovery account which we reconcile.

“Now, in the budget, there was the provision that some recovered monies would go into it and that goes into specific projects in the budget. Any excess recoveries, we have to wait and take some decisions. So far, we have recovered up to the amount we are expecting in the budget.

“But what we are trying to do is to make sure that there are controls, that was why we created a central recovery account. What we also discovered is that so many agencies are recovering and we must keep and eyes on those recoveries, otherwise there is the risk of re-looting.”

“So, all the agencies that recover send us their returns monthly and then we sweep it into a central account, which is kept by the Accountant General so that we can reconcile.

“Even some of the cash that is recovered, we have to make sure it goes into the bank. You’d be surprised, some agencies will recover cash, and they think it is evidence, and we are saying no, it’s money, put it in the bank.

“This is something that is new and I think it is a good thing. As we recover more, we get better at it. It is a new thing in Nigeria.”

According to SBM Intelligence, a consulting firm, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recorded 38 recoveries, which amount to N146.4 billion, $217.3 million and £2.074 million, as at April 19, 2017.

Nigeria: Governor Orders Arrest of Contractor for Poor Construction of N200 Million Road

By James Eze

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has ordered the arrest of a contractor for failing to execute a road project according to specifications after collecting N200 million mobilisation fee.

Mr. Umahi gave the order on Thursday at Okposi-Umuoghara while inspecting the Okposi-Umuoghara- Ebiaji road project in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.

The governor also directed that an engineer with the state Ministry of Works, Solomon Eze, be suspended for two months for failing to carry out proper supervision of the project.

An angry Mr. Umahi told his ADC, Jonathan Bawada, to ensure that the two officials of the company who were on the ground be handed over to the police for prosecution.

He described the contracting firm,Tonando Nigeria Ltd., as deceitful and fraudulent, warning that he would not allow any contractor to play on the intelligence of the state government.

The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Fidelis Nweze, said the company did less than two kilometres of earthwork with poor drainage.

He said the contractor was supposed to have achieved a minimum 40 per cent of the job, whereas “what we saw on ground was less than 10 per cent of the job.”

“We are not happy about it. And on that note, we have suspended the engineer supervising the job from the ministry for two months for not briefing the ministry and government accordingly.

“We will be approaching the court for justice,” Mr. Nweze said.


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Tanzania: Negligence Blamed for Maritime Accidents

By Abdallah Msuya

Dodoma — Negligence is one of the drawbacks in enforcing safety standards as well as malpractice by some relevant authorities and as a result lead in increase in marine accidents, a report by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) has claimed.

The report, released last week, shows that a total of 31 marine accidents occurred in Mainland Tanzania between 2015 and 2016, causing 53 deaths, with 884 people surviving with ‘distress.’ The report also included unsafe maritime transportation in Mainland Tanzania.

“Most of these accidents are a result of lack of inspections supposed to be carried out by SUMATRA,” the report made in the public by CAG Prof Mussa Assad last week, says.

It further indicates that both, the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication and the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA), bear ‘failure’ to discharge their responsibilities efficiently in the area.

It says the two authorities have not effectively managed surveys and inspections of vessels which were operating in Tanzania Mainland, and such, more than 50 percent of small ships do not comply with safety standards.

According to the report, from 2011/2012 to 2015/2016, the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication did not conduct ‘monitors’ on safety issues in the maritime transportation particularly on surveys and inspections as implemented by SUMATRA.

The ministry did not evaluate performance of SUMATRA regarding implementation of the strategic objective on how to reduce accidents to zero on ships, and by 50 percent each year for small ships.

The CAG report faults SUMATRA for not giving stop orders and penalties to most of the defaulters of safety standards, noting that in 2015/2016 only 1.85 percent of defaulters were penalized. The report makes staggering revelation that four ships of MV Vero, MV Juliana, MV Norris and MV St Mathew were given safety certificates, while they had not rectified deficiencies observed during surveys and inspections.

“However the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication did not take any action when SUMATRA issued safety certificates to those ships,” reads the report. He said, ultimately SUMATRA target of reducing accidents were not met and what came instead were recurring marine accidents.

“This contributed to risk of making maritime transportation in Tanzania Mainland unsafe,” reveals CAG Prof Mussa Assad’s report. The CAG called for thorough monitoring and evaluation on the performance of SUMATRA specifically on surveys and inspections of both ships and boats.

“The Ministry of Work, Transport and Communication must access its capacity in terms of human resources with respect to overseeing SUMATRA’s execution of its responsibility,” the CAG urged.

He added that the ministry should establish proper reporting mechanisms, which will ensure delivery of information from SUMATRA regarding safety management in maritime transportation. “Both survey and inspection of vessels if properly conducted can help to reduce non-compliance of safety standards.

Ultimately it can reduce the number of accidents and incidences in maritime transportation,” CAG says in his report. In urging Sumatra to be more responsible, GAG said the authority should ensure that all small ships are licensed and registered timely and the database are established and maintained.

He said the authority, also need to establish computerised system for documentation of maritime activities such as registration of ships, register of small ships, records of surveys and inspections for ships and boats as well as non-compliance of safety standards.

A report on Trends, Causal Analysis, and Recommendations from 14 Years of Ferry Accidents (2016) by Worldwide Ferry Safety Association showed listed Tanzania among top five countries, alongside Indonesia, Bangladesh, Senegal, and the Philippines, that were responsible for almost two-thirds of 21,574 reported fatalities in the 14-year period.

According to the report, Tanzania had 15 percent of proportion of ferry fatalities in the 14-year period.

Sumatra’s own report on ‘why marine accidents will always increase,’ mentions main cause factors as vessels being overloaded with passengers and cargo; while most of the vessels do not have the required standards and are operated with unqualified and inexperienced staff.

Tanzania: President Magufuli Launches Modern Railway Project

By Janeth Mesomapya

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli has laid a foundation stone for the new 300km Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro.

During the event held Wednesday in Pugu, a few kilometres west of Dar es Salaam City, the President said the project will create 600,000 employment opportunities, stimulate trade relations within Tanzania and with its neighbours, improve tourism sector and other economic sectors.

“This is an opportunity to grow and excel in our industrial revolution drive which is the current national focus as we set our eyes to become a middle income country,” he added.

He further ordered the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa to ensure that Pugu residents were the major beneficiaries of the employment chances which will be created by the project whose construction time has been pegged at 30 months.

The modern railway will be able to transport 10,000 tonnes of cargo at once. Its passenger train will travel at the speed of 160km per hour.


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