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[January 21, 2014]
Sh700 Million Job Plan to Create 6,400 Jobs
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE National Housing Corporation (NHC) and two public institutions have come up with an ambitious 700m/- social corporate responsibility plan that will help create 6,400 jobs for youths countrywide.
Other partners in the project are the National Housing and Building Research Agency (NHBRA) and the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA).
Through the plan, NHC will provide four machines for making compressed soil interlocking blocks for the 160 district and town councils, which will benefit 40 youths in each council.
This was revealed at a ceremony to close a two-week training programme on the manufacturing of stabilised soil interlocking blocks provided to 50 instructors, two each from the 25 regions.
The instructors, who were trained by VETA, will be deployed across the country to impart the skills to youths who will be given the machines. Each machine will be used by a group of 10 youths, who will also be facilitated with a seed capital of 500,000/-.
Gracing the event, the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, directed local government authorities to embrace the project since it will help create jobs and enable people to build decent houses.
"Rural development is my main concern; this is an opportunity to help people have decent houses and create jobs in line with the 2010 CCM election manifesto," Mr Pinda said.
He advised the councils to also make use of the technology by forming building brigades, which could create over 200,000 indirect jobs for those who will be involved in the construction work.
The Premier praised NHC for the project, which he said will go long way in addressing unemployment among the youths and also check environmental degradation.
"The majority of people in urban areas use either firewood or rice husks to burn clay blocks but this technology will help us get rid of the outdated technology," he explained.
Mr Pinda went a step further by ordering on the spot, 20 machines, which he will donate to youths in his constituency. "I am told that each machine costs 450,000/- while it can make up to 700 blocks per day. What's more is that one bag of cement of 50kg can be used to make 100 blocks.
"District councils can on their part raise funds and buy these machines, I appeal to NHC to extend this project to five years rather than two years that have been planned," he said. NHC Director General Nehemiah Mchechu pledged that his corporation was determined to spread the project to the grass-roots level.
"Our target is to reach out to many youths. This will, however, depend mostly on performance of the first phase of this project," Mr Mchechu said.
The NHC boss counted on district commissioners; district executive directors as well as chairs of district councils whom he said have a crucial role to ensure that the project is implemented successfully.
Mr Mchechu assured all those who will be involved in the project that NHC will be among the leading buyers of the blocks for its housing projects in various parts of the country.
The Minister for Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Dr Fenella Mukangara, said the plan was crucial in checking youth unemployment.
Copyright Tanzania Daily News. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com).
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