Board told to spearhead innovations

By Lake Zone Watch Writer

The Engineers Registration Board (ERB) has been tasked to ensure that emerging innovations in the sector are coordinated and supported to grow.

Speaking in Mwanza yesterday, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport (Works) Eng. Aisha Amour said the emerging innovations in the transport sector were encouraging and will be fully supported to record further milestones.

She made this call shortly after opening the 5th Annual Engineers and Technicians Conference where the ERB was urged to ensure that technicians graduating from different learning institutions are retained domestically to enable them participate in nation building.

“The government is impressed by the ongoing innovations among local innovators in the transport sector that are set to employ many technicians. ERB has to motivate more of our local technicians to participate in these initiatives,” she said.

She noted that many graduate technicians are either reported to see jobs in the private sector or craving for employment in foreign lands.

“ERB has to make sure technicians are registered and licenced to practice according to their competence as well as ensuring they observe work ethics,” she said.

ERB Registrar Eng. Bernard Kavishe said so far around 34,000 engineers and technicians have been registered and technicians will be fully incorporated in the daily functions of the Board as opposed to the past.

The Permanent Secretary had an audience with with two innovators whose electric prototype cars were showcased; one manufactured by the College of Engineering and Technology (COET) of the University of Dar es Salaam and the other from Kaypee Motors.

The two electric vehicles are said to have a number of advantages such as limited energy consumption and constructed of locally-available materials.

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