DODOMA, TANZANIA, Despite an unprecedented drop in the number of ships arriving at the port of Dar-es-Salaam, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has seen monthly revenue collection continuing to rise as efficiency and transparency more than make up for the reduced number of ships, says TPA Director-General Deusdedit Kakoko.
He told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in this administrative capital on Tuesday that as of June 2017, the authority had collected revenues amounting to 728 billion shillings (about 324 million US dollars), above the target of 623 billion shillings set for the financial year ended June 30, 2017.
Kakoko said the increase in revenue collection was attributed to the efforts currently being undertaken by the government to increase efficiency, transparency and accountability at the country's main port.
He said the Dar-es-Salaam and Kigoma ports were leading in revenue collection after President John Magufuli took action to act against unscrupulous and corrupt officials.
Initially, more than 50 per cent of officials who were causing losses to the government were from the private sector, among them clearing and forwarding agents who were colluding with some employees at the port. After instituting discipline among TPS staff by firing some corrupt officials, Kakoko told the Parliamentary Committee that there was laxity in the ports' legal department and that he would soon revamp it.
We have already advertised the position of legal director and we expect to have a new director by mid-November and we equally intend to recruit four more legal officers, who will work with the current team," he told the committee.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK