July 17, 2016
By Iddy Mwema
D I S T R I C T Commissioners and Councils have been directed to employ more water technicians to achieve water development projects to ensure access of safe and clean water.
However, well-wishers and Tanzanians in general have also been advised to help the government achieve its development projects, which includes water.
The Minister in the Vice- President’s Office, Union Affairs, Mr January Makamba, on behalf of the Vice- President made the directive in Dar es Salaam yesterday during a fundraising for the Registered Trustees of the Water Technicians Fund (RTWTF) held at the Water Development and Management Institute (WDMI) grounds.
“We plan by 2020, 85 percent of people living in rural areas have water access and 95 percent of people living in urban areas have access to clean and safe water, but this can easily be achieved if we will have a good number of water technicians in our councils,” said Mr Makamba.
Tanzania, which is blessed with a number of water sources, requires the skills of water technicians to maintain and make use of the water sources for the development of the country, as the demand is expected to increase.
Currently, 72 per cent of Tanzanians living in rural areas have access to clean and safe water, compared to 86 per cent living in urban areas that have access to the precious liquid. Mr Mkamba also urged girls to grab the opportunity since the fund raising aims to also finance girls and those who live in hardship environment to have a chance to attend water technician courses.
“According to recent data, we have a shortage of 2,800 water technicians in the country and I would like to applaud the measures taken by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, GIZ, together with other development partners who work tirelessly to make sure we have these technicians through the fund which is offered to those who wish to pursue the course but fail due to financial problems.
I would also like to recommend to female students to favour science subjects and apply for this course so that we can have a good number of female technicians and make sure that their fellow women finally forget water problems,” he said.
RTWTF was registered in March 2013 with the sole purpose of providing loans to students enrolled at WDMI.