THE acting Kagera Regional Commissioner, Mr Deodatus Kinawiro has commended the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in its efforts to offer social services to most Tanzanians in the informal sector.

Mr Kinawiro made the remark recently while opening a one-day seminar in Bukoba Municipality that was attended by 82 Savings and Credit Societies (SACCOS) leaders as well as over 2,000 members of Agricultural and Marketing Cooperative Societies (AMCOS).

“The informal sector is key in national development as it comprises of about 80 percent Tanzanians, who are not in the public employment.

“Registering them with NSSF, most Tanzanians benefit by getting benefits channeled through its funds including medical services,” he pointed out.

In a related development, he directed Cooperative Officers in Muleba, Bukoba, Biharamulo, Ngara, Karagwe. Kyerwa and Missenyi districts to identify entrepreneur groups in them and encourage the public to join them.

Mr Kinawiro praised the commitment of the Fifth Phase Government under President John Magufuli for ensuring that majority of the citizens acquire the social services including health and education, adding that: “My appeal now is that all residents should join the fund.”

“Leaders should take a holistic approach and sensitize the public on the importance of registering themselves with the NSSF. Weak and sick people cannot contribute positively to national development,” he added.

Mr Kinawiro hinted that already registered entrepreneur group members can easily get loans from bank institutions.