THE Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) on Thursday distanced itself from a 200-job advertisement currently circulating on local social media platforms, describing it as a hoax.
“We have nothing to do with the advertisement. It’s not ours; it is fake and we decry it,” TBS director general Prof Egid Mubofu told reporters in Dar es Salam.
The MD also condemned the appalling gross misuse bordering on the abuse of social media networks, saying the advert had severely inconvenienced TBS and misled the public.
The bureau, he said, had received many calls enquiring about the authenticity of the advert, asking people who came across it to ignore the advert.
He explained that the standard procedure by his organisation would have been to insert the advert in newspapers or have it broadcast on radio or television, none of which was the case.
In another development, the MD said TBS was consolidating its position to serve the future middle-income Tanzania that will have many industries.
“That kind of Tanzania is not possible without a strong TBS. Industrial products must meet statutory standards and we are the ones who oversee and okay standards. We recognise the challenge and we are taking the necessary steps,” he said.
A tender to put up a huge laboratory to meet the challenge has been floated, he explained, adding that “construction of the laboratory may start any time from now.”
Zonal and border offices would be strengthened to deal with products entering the country, he pledged.