Vice-President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal inspects an irrigation scheme for paddy farms at Mombo in Korogwe district, Tanga Region, yesterday. (Photo: OMR)

The government has promised to work on the problems facing Muheza residents in Tanga region, including water shortage, frequent power outages and poor road infrastructure.

The promise was made here yesterday by Vice-President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal when addressing a rally in Muheza town.

He said the government was aware of the problems facing Muheza district residents and that, it had been working on them step by step and the time would come when all problems would be solved.

He noted that he had been briefed about the problems facing the residents, especially water shortages, electricity woes and poor road infrastructure and had also been informed about the steps taken to resolve them.

Dr Bilal told the residents that he was informed that the problem of electricity was caused by technical faults at two transformers and Tanesco technicians were working on the matter so that electricity supply resumed in Muheza town.

“I would like to urge you residents of Muheza to calm down. Your government is committed to bringing about better life to everybody and it is aware of the problems you are now facing. We, your leaders, are going to solve them step by step. That is what your government is going to do,” he insisted.

Meanwhile, Dr Bilal has urged the Muheza residents to establish reforestation programmes in areas where trees had been cut down and preserve the remaining natural forests to conserve the environment in their areas.

The vice-president said this when he visited Amani Natural Reserve where he held a rally with the residents.

He said Amani residents should be proud of a good environment they had but should plant trees to prevent environmental destruction.

For years now, Amani area has been notorious for environmental destruction following the invasion of a big number of illegal miners seeking gold in the Amani natural reserve.

The invasion has caused a great damage to natural forests and to water sources.

The efforts of regional and district authorities to stop the invasion has yet to bear fruit and more effort and collaboration from different stakeholders and residents was still need to contain the problem.

However, Muheza residents were optimistic that the coming of the vice president would help get a permanent solution to the problems they were facing.

Source The Guardian

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