THE Minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani, yesterday directed owners of fuel stations in the Northern Zone to start procuring bulk petroleum from Tanga Port instead of Dar es Salaam Port.
He further directed the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura) Northern Zone Manager Lorivii Long’idu to write to owners of fuel stations concerning his directive.
Dr Kalemani, who was on a two-day tour of the region, alleged that the proprietors of filling stations were using the port of Dar es Salaam as a leeway for hiking fuel price.
“It makes no sense procuring fuel from Dar es Salaam, when Tanga Port is just a stone’s throw away,” noted the minister after he made an impromptu visit to some fuel stations in the region.
The minister challenged the owners to start purchasing fuel from Dar es Salaam to ease customers’ burden of high fuel cost. “The regulator should immediately start circulating the ministry’s directive so that owners heed to the call,” he said.
Meanwhile, the minister gave a one-month ultimatum to all Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) regional managers to ensure customers, who had paid for the service, were connected.
“Anyone, who has paid for electricity connection ought to be connected without any delay,’’ he directed. He, however, praised to power utility for reducing the number of customers on a waiting list of being connected.
According to the minister, Tanesco had by last year registered 48,000 customers on its waiting list, but today the number only stands at 4,800. He appealed to Arusha residents to expose those vandalising electric cables and transformers, saying the act is ‘economic sabotage’. He said vandals should be brought to book.