By Azania Post Reporter
RUFIJI Member of Parliament Mohammed Mchengerwa (CCM) has asked the government to make sure that villagers living close to the proposed Stiegler’s power project benefit from it when starts generation.
Speaking during a question and answer session in Parliament today, he said villagers in Mwaseni and Ngorongo should benefit with the project when it kicks off.
“I just want to ask how will the project benefit these villagers who had preserved this area for a long time?, he queried.
Respodnig the Deputy Minister for Energy Subira Mgalu said it is true that the government intend to increase the amount of energy through various sources such as water and gas.
“We will ensure that all people who have protected these sources of power including those villagers in Mwaseni and Ngororo do benefit with the project once kicks off, “she said.
However already Tanzanian government has insisted that construction of the mega power dam Stiegler’s gorge is there to stay.
Officiating at the opening of the 41st Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), President Dr John Magufuli said the project critics should stay informed that Tanzania will never reverse its decision to ensure the longstanding dream becomes a reality.
“Come rain come sun Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric dam must be constructed,” President Magufuli said, as members of the business community, government representatives and the general public listened attentively.
Dr Magufuli pointed out that he had already directed the responsible ministry to take charge of the matter and search for the qualified contractor to ensure the project kicks off since the feasibility study had already been conducted.
Upon becoming operational, Stiegler’s Gorge power project will catapult the country’s power generation capacity from the current 1,450 megawatts to between 4,000 and 5,000 megawatts.
He insisted the the dam will have other spill-over advantages, including fishing, providing water for irrigation and drinking water for wild animals.
More than 50 multinational companies have expressed their bids for the construction of the envisaged project in one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania.
According to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, bidders were required to have minimum average annual construction turnover of 500 million U.S. dollars calculated as certified payments received for contracts in progress and or completed within last five years.