The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has continued to strengthen various social services for Villages and Locals affected by the natural gas pipeline infrastructure from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam. In pursuit of this goal, TPDC has handed over Camp No. 8 to Four Way Village in Kilwa District so that the Village can plan the proper use of the Camp. The handing over of the camp’s buildings is due to the completion of a project to build a natural gas pipeline infrastructure from Madimba-Mtwara and Songosongo to Dar es Salaam, thus making the buildings no longer used for construction activities.
Handing over the camp to the leadership of the Four-Way Village Government recently, TPDC Communications and Relations Manager Ms. Marie Msellemu said that “Lindi and Mtwara regions are major stakeholders in the development of natural gas pipeline infrastructure and we have been cooperating in various developmental and social issues including health, sports, good governance and water with the aim of maintaining good relations and improving essential social services, urging citizens of the southern regions to co-operate with TPDC in protecting natural gas infrastructure and collectively improving social services ”.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Kilwa District Acting Director Dr. Khalfani expressed his sincere gratitude to TPDC for being a major and close stakeholder in various development activities in Kilwa District especially in improving the education and health sector. “We thank TPDC for providing us with this camp which will help the Council and the Village to plan for proper use in the field of health, schools or public servants’ houses.” He also said that the camp with the capacity to accommodate 25 households / families has already started to be used to support housing for new employees of the Council.
Mr. Tingi Ward Councilor Mr. Bayani Saidi Mtendakatika thanked the TPDC for providing the Camp, Kijjji Government and the people in general have a responsibility to protect and ensure sanitation is enhanced so that it can be sustainable and productive for the benefit of the Village. In addition, he said that the General Assembly of the Village Council will decide and plan the use of the camp including the planning of taxes / levies for those who are lucky enough to use the buildings of the camp. Mr Bayana called on TPDC and other development partners to continue to support development activities in the village as the village is facing a major challenge especially in the education sector and highlighting the shortcomings of classrooms a situation that leads students to study under the trees.