VETA course empowers 3,900 technicians, masons
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THE GOVERNMENT has enrolled and provided certificates to 3,900 technicians who have not attended formal training to enable them secure opportunities in various mega construction projects in the country.

Speaking at the third day of Gender Festival, organised by TGNP Mtandao yesterday, Assistant Director of Employment at Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability) Joseph Nganga said the programme is currently conducted jointly with Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA) and Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre.

Mr Nganga said the programme is targeting youth who are not in formal employment and that the government is giving women a priority because most of them are not employed. The aim of the government, according to the official, is to enable young people in the country to grab opportunities including the construction of Hoima-Tanga pipeline.

In the five year programme, the government is targeting to train and engages two million people whereby in 2016/17 a total of 15bn/- was set aside while in 2017/18 FY, the same amount will be injected in the programme.

However, Mr Nganga added that in the tailored made programme, 19,000 youth have been trained to sharpen their skills. He said 10,000 are female and 9,000 are male. Mr Nganga said the government has already trained youth in Kigoma, Mwanza, Mtwara, Tanga and Ruvuma in the first phase which is expected to end next month.

But gender activists have called on the government to focus more on the marginalised groups, including girls and people living with disabilities should it want to eradicate poverty. Nasiria Nasri, a participant in the gender festival asked the government to focus more on people living with disability in education and vocation training, as a step towards eradication of poverty surrounding them.

Tanzania is investing heavily in mega infrastructure projects to make optimal use of its strategic geographical location to transform the country into a regional transport and trade hub. It signed with Uganda an agreement on construction of a proposed $3.55 billion crude export pipeline from Hoima oilfields in Uganda to Tanga pumping Ugandan oil to international markets.

The 1,445 kilometre long crude export pipeline will pass through eight regions in Tanzania and is expected to provide jobs and trade opportunities to hundreds of Tanzanians.

Other major project include on a 2,561-km (1,536-mile) standard gauge railway to connect Dar es Salaam port to land-locked neighbours - Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

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