DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday ordered government authorities to deregister incompetent contractors saying there was no room for shoddy construction projects in the east African nation.
"Underperforming contractors should not be allowed in this country," said Magufuli in an address broadcast live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.
"How can construction of a dam in Mbeya region take more than 12 years and it is still incomplete," said him.
"One borehole has been under construction for very long time in Mbeya region, spending about 400 million Tanzanian shillings (about 173,000 U.S. dollars)," he told the two-day annual meeting that has brought together contractors, architects and quantity surveyors.
The president said the construction industry that contributed to 23 percent of GDP in 2018 should not be abused since it was the backbone of the economy.
He said the construction industry played a pivotal role towards the country's thrust to achieve an industrial economy and attain the middle income status by 2025.
At the same time, Magufuli directed the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication to review laws pertaining to the construction industry with a view to creating a conducive environment for local contractors to be able to participate in the execution of grand projects.