By DAILY NEWS Reporter, 10th October 2011 @ 12:37, PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has directed government officials to understand that the country is in a state of emergency due to the ongoing power crisis and act swiftly in addressing the problem. "We are in a bad state, but I don't see any urgency and swiftness in making decisions and other measures on availability of power and other facilities for generating of power. (Mhhhh! Where have you been for the past six years!?) "We cannot remain indecisive in taking measures of lifting the country out of these challenges," President Kikwete told officials in the energy sector at a meeting held in the State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday. According to a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications, the president convened the meeting to discuss construction of a giant natural gas pipeline from Mtwara to Lindi to Dar es Salaam. Increased availablity of natural gas in Dar es Salaam would boost power generation and its use by manufacturers. "The target is to have the pipeline in place within a year. This will enable the government to give its people reliable power and boost industrial production for industries which have started using gas instead of fuel," reads part of the statement. Drought which started in November, last year, led to fall of water levels in hydro-power dams and forced the government to take various measures to buy facilities for alternative sources of electricity. The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr Mustafa Mkulo, the Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Ms Celina Kombani, the Chief Secretary, Mr Phillemon Luhanjo, the Attorney General, Judge Frederick Werema and officials from Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Bank of Tanzania (BoT), Planning Commission,TANESCO, Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC). Before the meeting President Kikwete held talks with the Germany Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Klauu-Peter Brandes.