DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) – The Tanzania
Ports Authority (TPA) said on Tuesday it has suspended 749 workers who lacked
credible academic credentials.
Ignatus Rubaratuka, Chairman of the TPA Board
of Directors, said following the suspension the port’s manpower has gone down
from 3,000 in 2017 to 2,251 in 2018.
“The port authorities are now grappling
with a manpower shortage,” Rubaratuka told the Parliamentary Public
Accounts Committee (PAC) in the capital Dodoma.
The PAC was following up on progress made on
implementation of directives it made to the port authorities last year.
Rubaratuka said TPA had implemented most of
the directives, including evaluation of property and machinery worth Tanzanian
shillings 1.8 trillion (about US$785 million).
At the same time, Rubaratuka said during the
previous financial year TPA revenue climbed to Tanzanian shillings 838 billion,
well above the 2015/2016 financial year’s collection of 734 billion, thanks to
increased cargo handling during the period.
He said cargo handling at the Dar es Salaam
port rose to 16.2 million tonnes compared to the previous year’s 15 million
In July 2017, President John Magufuli unveiled
the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project aimed to overhaul the Dar es Salaam
port’s infrastructure by 2023.
The project, which, according to the World
Bank, will cost about US$421 million, will see the construction of a new
multi-purpose berth, dredging of the port’s entrance channel, and intermodal
improvements to both rail and road linkages.
The project is being financed in part by the
World Bank, which has provided roughly US$350 million in loans and grants,
while the bulk of the remainder, approximately 70 million dollars was being
provided by TPA.