Thursday, 13 September 2007

Transport woes frustrate Lake zone progress

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

MARINE transport hitches undermine socio-economic development in the Lake Zone, the Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Dr James Alex Msekela, said here yesterday.

Dr Msekela said unreliable transport on the lake was also making the government's dream of turning Mwanza into the Great Lakes hub an uphill task.

He challenged Marine Services Company (MSC) Limited to boost and avail its services at reasonable charges for residents in the zone to effectively utilize the world's second largest freshwater body.

"Increased transport services on the lake will also create employment opportunities," he said, advising the parastatal to consider paying its staff, particularly captains, handsomely to avert brain drain.

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