By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA is facing a challenge in recognizing uniform prices of constructing various infrastructures such as residential buildings and airstrip, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa, has said.
Speaking yesterday in Dar es Salaam during a consultative meeting to discuss on ways of improving operations of National Construction Council (NCC), he said there must be plans to lay down indicative construction costs.
He said the council should work out a plan which is going to lay down indicative construction costs and standards, to act as a reference point to the public.
“Currently, the country is facing a challenge in identifying uniform prices of constructing houses, buildings and airstrips … if you happen to ask an expert in the country, what is the cost of constructing a unit per square metre of a house, there’s no similar answer,” said Prof Mbarawa.
He pointed out that in the case of other countries, they have indicated prices for the construction of just about anything both at their minimum and maximum levels. “Due to growth of the sector, it is thus high time for our experts to work their way out and come up with this valuable information for the country’s development,” he noted.
The Minister also challenged NCC as a mandated construction body to set clear standards for any form of construction be it a house, building of all natures, among others.
“In the previous years, the country has experienced the collapse of large buildings in the city centres which ended causing havoc to people in the areas As professionals, the public is relying on our expertise, let’s deal with these issues in the magnitude of their importance in the scale of the economy,” the Minister stressed.
The Minster, however, revealed that the construction sector is growing so fast and its contribution to the country’s GDP is enormous. In the year 2016, the sector contributed to the GDP by 14 per cent.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications (Works), Eng Joseph Nyamhanga, observed that a team of experts was assigned to go through the structure, law and operations of NCC and come up with areas of transforming the council.
NCC) is a government institution established through an Act of Parliament No 20 of 1979 (National Construction Council Act CAP 162 RE 2008) and became operational in 1981.
Its establishment was prompted by the need to have an institution for promoting the development of the construction industry in Tanzania.