Stone Town, Tanzania - September 9, 2015: View on typical narrow Stone Town street with souvenir shops on Zanzibar island. Man is sitting on a small chair in front of his shop. Bikes and motors are parked on the street.Typical buildings with Arabic and Indian influance.
Stone Town, Tanzania - September 9, 2015: View on typical narrow Stone Town street with souvenir shops on Zanzibar island. Man is sitting on a small chair in front of his shop. Bikes and motors are parked on the street.Typical buildings with Arabic and Indian influance.

Tanzania is on the right track toward attaining a middle income status by 2025 following implementation of projects aimed at improving the welfare of its people, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Hassan Abbasi, the Director of Information Services and Chief Government Spokesperson, said the government was determined to bring about development for its people.

“The government has made tremendous improvement in health, education, energy supply and air transport,” Abbasi told a news conference to mark 4 years of the east African nation’s fifth administration under the leadership of President John Magufuli who took office on November 5, 2015.

He appealed to Tanzanians to be patient as the government continued to implement projects that will take time to be completed, including the Julius Nyerere hydropower project in the Rufiji basin and the standard gauge railway.

Abbasi said more than 1,600 rural water supply projects have been implemented during the past four years enabling 65 percent of people in rural areas to access safe and clean water with a target of covering 85 percent by 2020.

In urban areas, said the spokesperson, the target was to enable 95 percent urban residents to access clean by 2020 and already 85 percent of them were being supplied with clean water under projects implemented in the past four years.

“In the past four years of the 5th phase administration under President Magufuli, the government has constructed or renovated 67 hospitals and over 400 health centers across the country, improving delivery of medical services to people,” he said.

Abbasi said the government was spending 23 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 10 million U.S. dollars) monthly to ensure delivery of its pledge of free education in public schools.

He warned people against misappropriation of government funds earmarked for implementation of ongoing public infrastructure projects saying doing so was akin to playing with fire or taking poison.

“Anyone who will be implicated in misappropriating funds earmarked for implementation of projects will be dealt squarely,” warned Abbasi. Enditem

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