By Ludovick Kazoka in Dodoma
MINISTER of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Selemani Jafo, has issued an ultimatum to all council directors to have issued 100 per cent of loans to women and youth by July 20.
The minister issued the ultimatum here recently, noting that the government will not hesitate to take disciplinary measures against executives whose councils will fail to provide the groups with business loans to enable them engage in income generating activities.
Mr Jafo said despite the law directing the councils to offer business loans from the Council’s Women and Youth Fund, there were still some councils dilly-dallying in offering the loans to the groups.
He observed that until March, 2019, loans amounting to 20.7bn/- of the 54.08bn/- for Women and Youth Fund were offered for the 2018/2019 financial year, which is equivalent to 38.27 per cent.
“There is no excuse for any council because the government through regulations has directed all councils to issue the loans,” he said.
Mr Jafo said during the 2018/2019 financial year, 23 councils had performed poorly by issuing loans below 20 per cent of the target, citing some of the councils as Nsimbo, Nyasa, Busega, Kondoa, Namtumbo, Kasulu and Bariadi District Councils.
Others are Kongwa, Musoma Municipal Council, Sumbawanga District Council, Kondoa Township Council, Uvinza District Council, Ilala Municipal, Lindi District Council, Mpwapwa District Council, Bahi District Council, Chamwino District Council and Njombe District Council.