Already senior officers from the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children have set the precedence for others to emulate.
The officers, led by Director of Community Development in the Ministry, Patrick Golwike, yesterday participated in the construction of the Health Centre at Mondo Ward, reinforcing and sustaining the hard work culture during the early years of the country’s independence.
“We are conducting these visits to mobilise people to work hard as per President John Magufuli’s directives … all CDOs are supposed to spend most of their time with working citizens,” said Mr Golwike. He faulted the habit of preaching hard work to people while officers idling in offices as outdated.
Mr Golwike said employees under his department contributed 50 bags of cement worth 760,000/- to support construction of the facility whose completion will rescue patients from travelling 25 kilometres to Misungwi District Hospital.
Apart from encouraging people to work for their own good and prosperity, the Director said implementation of the agenda is part of the Community Development Policy of 1996 which insists on hard work for development.
“I am happy that Mondo Village has decided to contribute towards their health centre … that is a revived culture worth emulating and supporting,” he said, hinting that the visits by his team started in Iringa Region and will proceed throughout all six zones of the country to wake up people.
Mr Golwike said the government is determined to reverse the trend of sourcing over 80 per cent of the development resources from the government and development partners, with citizens contributing a mere 20 per cent.
He cautioned that without reviving the working spirit, it will be difficult for the country to realise her industrialisation drive. Mondo Ward Executive Officer Aziza Jumanne said construction of the health centre that started in last May is estimated to cost over 150m/- upon completion, with the ‘wananchi’ having so far contributed over 17m/- in cash and kind.
All the 400 households in Mondo Village have to contribute 10,000/- each, with 270 households already having fulfilled their pledges, with 2.7m/- collected