Three Million Get Clean Water under BRN Initiative
The water sector has recorded great achievement in the implementation of the Big Results Now (BRN) programme to connect about 2.8 million people to the clean water during the past one year.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the President’s Delivery Bureau (PDB) overseeing the BRN programme, Mr Peniel Lyimo, said in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that before the BRN programme, the country could only connect about 300,000 people per year.
“So far, the programme has recorded a great achievement largely in the water sector as many people have been connected to clean water,” said Mr Lyimo while briefing journalists on the Annual Engineers Day.
This year’s Day has brought together about 3000 engineers to discuss their role in the implementation of the BRN programme. BRN is the government’s blueprint to change the country from low to middle-income economy, the water sector being one of its priority areas.
The Registrar of Engineers, Engineer Steven Mlote, said this year’s event aimed at discussing the role of engineers in the implementation of the programme because they were a vital element in the implementation of the initiative. “The goal of this year’s event is to familiarise engineers
with the BRN programme to implement it efficiently,” Eng. Mlote pointed out.
In his remarks, Engineers Registration Board (ERB) Chairman, Prof Ninatubu Lema, said the shortage of engineers remained a major challenge to the industry, reporting that the country has only 13,000 engineers, which is equivalent to one engineer to 5000 people.
“We are facing a shortage of engineers with only 13,000 engineers. In a developing country, one engineer serves 200 people,” observed the ERB Chairman. Prof Lema recently said that Tanzania was facing a shortage of 67,000 engineers thus posing a serious challenge for the development of the industrial sector.
The country needs 80,000 engineers as per current requirements. “The shortage of engineers has led to some challenges when it comes to the implementation of mega projects,” reported Prof Lema during the event to swear-in engineers at the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Dar es Salaam.