ABOUT 4.5bn/- has been set aside by the Ministry of Minerals for construction of a Lake Zone mining centre in Geita Region, which will be providing all mining-related services, including geological and research ones.
Minister for Minerals, Mr Dotto Biteko said recently during the inauguration of the interim Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) offices in the region, saying that the aim is to move the services closer to small scale miners.
He said preparations for the Centre’s construction were well underway and its presence will serve in raising productivity for small, medium and large scale investors.
“Another one will soon be opened in Chunya district, Mbeya region. The centres are for samples collection from miners, transporting them to Dodoma for screening and bringing back the results for further businesses.
And these temporary GST offices here are expected to increase GST annual revenue from the current 600m/- to 1bn/- a year." He noted.
GST Board Chairperson, Prof Justinian Ikingura, commented that the offices will provide consultations, research and mineral exploration services to help small scale miners’ stop speculative mining.
He added, the plan to build GST regional offices is in support of the government's five-year development plan to boost the mining sector and achieve its mandate to increase the sector's contribution to GDP to 10 percent by 2025.
Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Minerals, Prof Simon Msanjila said that so far the mining sector contributes 650bn/- from royalties, and that by December last year, national contribution reached 6.7 percent.
Geita Regional Commissioner (RC), Ms Rosemery Senyamule said that moving GST services to Geita will pave the way for the mining sector revolution in the region.
Chairperson of the Federation of Small-Scale Miners' Associations, Mr John Bina, called up on GST officers to prioritize the group (Small miners) and help them to avoid operating at a random and loss.