Govt, Barrick North Mara to build new VETA for 3bn/-

Construction of a Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA) is scheduled to begin any time from now at the fast-growing small town of Nyamongo in Tarime District, Mara Region.

About 3bn/ has been set aside for the project which has been in the pipeline for some time.

Latest information shows that the government of Tanzania will contribute 1bn/- while Barrick North Mara Gold Mine will put ina huge 2bn/-.

“The government has contributed 1bn/- and 2bn/-comes from Barrick North Mara CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility),” Chairman of Community Development Committee (CDC) at Barrick North Mara, Paul Bageni told Lake Zone Watch last week.

Bageni also hinted that construction of the VETA will start this month.

According to Bageni, the college will be constructed at Nyabichune village inMatongo ward.

This is one of the villages bordering North Mara goldmine, which is run by Barrick Gold Company in partnership with Government of Tanzania through its Twiga Minerals Company.

Bageni said implementation of the project before and after completion will offer employment opportunities to the youth.

“During construction, the youth will be deployed and afterwards, they will gain various experiences in the form of training,” said Bageni who is also the village government chairman ofMjini-Kati village.

Lately, villages surrounding North Mara have witnessed a number of projects being implemented in their areas, at a cost of billions of shillings under Barrick North Mara CSRprogramme.

Since 2019, the mining company has set aside huge sums to finance development projects for its neighbourhood villages. In the first phase, the company disbursed $ 2.5 million.

The projects given priority in the CSR plans include education, health, water, food security and income generation.

(By Lake Zone Watch Reporter)

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