By Felix Andrew
THE level of awareness and adherence to stipulated laws in various construction sites countrywide has been increasing, the Tanzania’s Contractors Registration Board (CRB) has said.
Speaking to Azania Post in an exclusive interview today, the CRB acting Registrar, Rhoben Nkori, said impromptu site visit has led to the increase.
“We have been visiting various construction sites countrywide daily for a number of years, I can say the level of awareness in following the construction regulations has increased as compared to the past,” he said.
Explaining, Nkori said most of contractors are now having all necessary equipment such as safety boots, hard helmet at the sites this is a clear indication that they now understand its importance.
However, he said the Board would continue visit and educate contractors on importance of adhere to the construction regulations.
Recently, the Board cautioned general public and contractors across of the presence of conman out to use name of the board in their bid to solicit bribes from construction sites.
It asked the public and contractors to communicate with the board headquarters or its zonal offices about anyone masquerading as CRB official to facilitate their arrest by government security organs.
“… CRB maintains zonal offices which work around the country, We have the Eastern Zone in Dar es Salaam, Northern Zone in Arusha, Southern Zone (Mbeya); Lake Zones (Mwanza) and Central Zone in Dodoma … these offices are strategically placed to meet the people’s needs … please use our offices to avoid being harassed by conmen,” the CRB said in a statement he said.
The CRB officers at construction sites are also managed by officials with identity cards and reflectors which have the CRB logo that easily introduces them as staff of the board.
The statement said that there are some people who go around pretending they were on CRB official duty -- and they often visit different construction sites across the country, at times threatening to take measures against owners of those sites with the express aim of soliciting bribes from the contractors and site owners.
Those conmen sometimes write letters to summon site owners and contractors, asking them to give money in order to avoid punishment from the board, the statement said.
“We would like to caution the general public and site owners … beware of those people … please contact CRB whenever you meet them,” the statement said, in part.