By Azania Post Reporter
THE Tanzanian government has issued a four month ultimatum to a contractor who construct passenger lounge at the Songwe International Airport (SIA) in Mbeya region to complete the job on 31st January next year and not otherwise
Speaking to Azania Post in an exclusive interview, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said the contractor dB Shaprya has been doing the work for more than four years without finishing.
“We have agreed that the contractor must finish the work at the end of January next year , otherwise my ministry would not offer him another tender,” he said.
Prof Mbarawa expressed his concern over the delay in the construction of the lounge despite the huge amount of funds poured into the project. The lounge construction works started in 2013 and was expected to be complete last year, he said adding the money spent so far on the project is not justifiable.
He said the airport in general is well built but the lounge was still incomplete although the government dished out a lot of money for the works.
Meanwhile plans were afoot to install night lights at SIA so as to enable smooth flight’s landing and takeoff for 24-hour a day.
Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Amos Makalla was quoted by Azania Post as saying that already the Spanish contractor has been selected to conduct the installation activities before end of this year.
According to him, once installed the airport would witness an increased number of local and international flights.
“It is my hope that investors from abroad would now be able to come here anytime and conduct their activities without any flights related problems,” he said
Early this year, the Parliamentary committee on infrastructure (PCI) was quoted as raising budgetary alarm over on construction of two airports namely Julius Nyerere in Dar es Salaam and Songwe.
The PCI revealed that the government was dragging its feet in releasing funds for the projects.