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State still studies Magogoni fish market

State still studies Magogoni fish market

Ilala Municipal Director, Gabriel Fuime said in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that experts from the Prime Minister’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government are examining the usefulness of the board of directors to the fish market.

“We have submitted a set of by-laws on how the board of directors would function but the ministry’s lawyers are still working on a number of options to run the market more profitably,” he said.

He said the market is currently run by the Ilala Municipal Authority under the supervision of a special committee thus lawyers are questioning the relevance of the regulations and the board of directors in managing the market.Although initial agreement between the government and the Japanesen.

International Corporation Agency (JICA), who built the market nearly 10 years ago were to appoint a board of directors to oversee the growth of market, Mr Fuime said there are still excellent ways of running the facility to offer quality services.Lack of proper management at the ferry fish market has stalled the implementation of plans geared at improving its efficiency.

For example, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Dr Mathayo David Mathayo, gave a one-month ultimatum to the municipal authorities and market leadership to ensure cleanliness at the facility is improved.The minister was shocked to note that water drainage had collapsed and waste chambers remained unrepaired while the municipality was collecting revenue.

The market was built through the assistance of the government of Japan and handed over to Tanzania in 2002. The monthly collection at the fish market is estimated to be 18m/- only which according to the mayor for Ilala Municipality Jerry Slaa in a recent interview, is being spent for the market’s development.

However, Mr Nassor Ismail, a former chairman of the market committee, said almost nothing is being left for the carrying out renovations at the facility thus increasing the rate of depreciation.Mr Ismail cited the cooling system, which no longer functions thus leading to frequent fire breakouts, causing losses as well as endangering the lives of those working in market.

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