Tanzania’s president Hon. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli has today hosted and engaged in extensive talks with Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, at State House, Dar es Salaam.
Prof. Lumumba who hails from Kenya is a highly recognized Pan Africanist.
Featuring in their wide ranging conversation were issues regarding the need for heightened efforts by Africa to exploit it’s natural resources to realize significant economic growth.
Further, they discussed on how African leaders can fast track the provision of better social services and be at the forefront in solving key challenges facing African peoples.
President Magufuli commended Prof Lumumba for his efforts in speaking extensively about what derails Africa’s Socio-Economic and political progress in his many speaking activities across the continent. He also thanked the legal scholar for his love for Africa, and insistence that African leaders take responsibility for the challenges facing Africa.
The president outlined the measures his government has taken in building a self-sustaining economy which include signature projects like the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the Nyerere Dam which will produce 2115 megawatts of electricity, raising electricity connection from 2018 to 8587 villages.
The Tanzania government is also constructing a number of roads and bridges; has increased higher education loans, increased tax collection, provision of free primary and secondary education, regulation of major mineral resources and solidifying the fight against graft.
‘I have never met you before. But I listen to your speeches and read about your activities in Africa through media reports. I congratulate you and I am proud for your speaking well about Africa’, president Magufuli told Prof. Lumumba.
My thoughts after being hosted by Tanzania's president H.E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli earlier today at Statehouse, Dar es Salaam.
On his part, Prof. PLO Lumumba thanked the president for finding time to speak with him and congratulated him for the major progress he has made in the four years he has been in leadership by fighting for the protection of natural resources, improving the economy, enforcing ethics in civil service, and mounting a ferocious fight against graft and theft from public coffers.
Prof. PLO Lumumba further stated that African countries should take cue from Tanzania and Africa should take every measure to change the situation where all resources are plucked away by other nations elsewhere whereas her people are facing a myriad of challenges.