DAR ES SALAAM, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Tuesday ordered all government senior officials to use services provided by TTCL, a state-owned telecom company.
"I am giving you 30 days from today to start using telecom services provided by TTCL," Magufuli orders the senior civil servants, including ministers and permanent secretaries, at an event broadcast live by state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.
Magufuli said the directive to use TTCL services was aimed at boosting the telecom's financial earnings.
The president wondered why the senior civil servants were not getting connected to the state-owned telecom firm since he made the directive last year.
He made the remarks shortly after TTCL handed over to him a cheque for the firm's dividend to the government amounting to 2.1 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 0.9 million U.S. dollars).
Tanzania has a handful of private-owned mobile phone operators, including Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, Halotel and Zantel.