Tan­za­nia en­voy hope­ful of united Africa

Daily Trust - - AFRICA - By Anthony Ma­liki

The United Repub­lic of Tan­za­nia High Com­mis­sioner to Nigeria Mr. Daniel Ole Njoolay has ex­pressed op­ti­mism that Africa coun­tries can unite to forge a com­mon front de­spite their dif­fer­ences.

He made the re­marks yes­ter­day in Abuja at a press brief­ing to herald the 50 an­niver­sary of the union of the coun­try. For­mer in­de­pen­dent Tan­ganyika and Zanz­ibar formed a united coun­try on April 26, 1964 with late Mwal­imu Julius Nyarere as it first Pres­i­dent.

The en­voy stated that the fact that the union of Tan­za­nia continues to ex­ist is a unique thing in Africa and a liv­ing ex­am­ple that to unite African coun­tries is pos­si­ble.

“We have been united for 50 years now and we would con­tinue to be one. We would con­tinue to live in peace and tran­quil­ity,” he said, not­ing that the fact that the union ex­isted is in it­self a suc­cess.

Njoolay de­scribed Tan­za­nia has a cen­tre of peace in East Africa which never wit­nessed any dis­tur­bance and con­tinue to be a refuge for people seek­ing suc­cour in terms of cri­sis in their coun­tries.

He noted that Tan­za­nia has not made any rea­son­able eco­nomic and trade in­roads be­cause it has con­cen­trated more at sup­port­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle in Africa, Pan-African­ism and non-align move­ments while oc­cu­py­ing the chair of the front­line states un­til all African coun­tries were in­de­pen­dent.

The en­voy pointed out that at the time the coun­tries were unit­ing, its per capita in­come was about $50 on aver­age, but now has now reached over $700.

He said though the per­cent­age is still small, it is a huge eco­nomic step for­ward for the coun­try de­spite 34 per cent of its cit­i­zens still live un­der the poverty line.

On ed­u­ca­tion, Njoolay said with one univer­sity es­tab­lished 50 years ago, the coun­try now boasts of ten pub­lic and about 20 pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties.

He ex­plained that the coun­try’s lit­er­acy rate now stands at 70 per cent from as low as 30 per cent 50 years ago with Tan­za­nia among leading lit­er­acy coun­tries in Africa.

Un­der the wa­ter sec­tor, he said 60 per cent of its ru­ral ar­eas have safe drink­ing wa­ter from a mere 6 per cent in the past.

On in­fra­struc­ture, the en­voy said with only 1300 kilo­me­tres of tarred roads 50 years back, Tan­za­nia now has over 7000 with all the 30 Re­gions linked.

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