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Kabwe: Tanzania petroleum firm needs autonomy

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by nngu007, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Sat, Feb 25th, 2012

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    Zitto Kabwe (Kigoma-North, Chadema), who also doubles as chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Organizations Accounts Committee (POAC).

    The government has been advised to declare Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) an independent institution so as to give it prerogative powers on petroleum matters.

    The advice was given on Friday by the legislator for Kigoma North, Mr Zitto Kabwe in Dar es Salaamwhen speaking during a Policy Forum debate on how Tanzania is going to benefit from gas and oil exploitation.”TPDC is not an independent institution, it has not employed anyone in last ten years. Why should it not be independent like any other state-owned institution such as Tanesco?” asked Kabwe.

    He also noted that, TPDC faces a critical shortage of employees and skilled people –especially auditors. “If the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) hires its employees why not TPDC?” Mr Kabwe queried.According to him, eight years from now,
    Tanzania will be a major exporter of gas following the recent discovery of the resource in Lindi and Mtwara. He added: “But we are not prepared in terms of export regulations.

    “If we are going to be the source on exporting gas and oil found in our land, we need to have a gas master plan. We need to know how much gas we are going to consume and how much we are going to export.”And we must write a new Petroleum Act,” he said. “We need to prepare ourselves so that the country can handle the situation properly and be ready to face challenges,” added Mr Kabwe.

    According to the Acting Director of Exploration of TPDC, Mr Elias Kilembe, the prospect of availability of gas in Tanzania is high following the prospecting done in the Indian Ocean territorial waters.”We have high expectations that we are going to find a lot of gas in our country. The gas will be the main boost in the fight against environmental degradation due to deforestation because people will use gas as a renewable energy,” said Mr Kilembe.

    He also noted that, more than thirty four industries now use Songosongo and Mnazi Bay gas as a source of energy which shows that the use of gas is important in the development process. The other speaker from Revenue Watch, Mr Silas Olang, said that worldwide production of oil, gas and minerals generates good national incomes.

    He said, “Tanzania can benefit from these resources by maximizing government share, increasing state and local participation and also developing industries through subsidized oil and gas prices.”

    By JOYCE KABIGI, Tanzania Daily News

  2. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    It seems we will find Petroleum in Lake Tanganyika; Mr. Kabwe is getting tough!!!
  3. Mzee Mwanakijiji

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    CCM's policies have failed; lets establish this fact first. Any attempt to advise CCM on policy issues is doomed to fail.
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    Mwanakijiji , unataka mh zitto afanyeje? Akae kimya wakati anaona mambo hayaendi sawa?