PRIOR to commencing the construction of its Center of Excellence in Aviation and Transport Operations premises at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, National Institute of Transport has contracted TRES Consult Tanzania Limited to undertake an Environmental and Social Impact Assess
NIT rector, Professor Zacharia Mganilwa (3rd L) and TRES Consult Tanzania Limited’s managing director, Bashiru Abdul display contract documents soon after signing a contract for the company to undertake an environmental and social impact assessments at a ceremony held in Dar es Salaam on Friday last week. Photo courtesy of NIT.
The NIT has also tasked the same firm to do an ESIA at Kilimanjaro International Airport where another training facility will be constructed. The NIT’s projects at JNIA and KIA are financed by a World Bank loan under an East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP).
ESIA are mandatory studies for any large construction project required by National Environmental Management Council in order to grant clearance for construction work to start.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held in Dar es Salaam on Friday, NIT Rector, Professor Zacharia Mganilwa said TRES Consult has the capacity to deliver after a careful vetting and assessment of several others.
“We are certain that they will properly conduct the environmental impact assessments at both of the proposed project sites at JNIA and KIA,” Prof Mganilwa said. Seconding his boss, NIT Deputy Rector for Academic, Research and Consultancy, Dr Prosper Mgaya said they believe that TRES Consult will complete the work given on schedule.
Commenting on the deal, Center of Excellence in Aviation and Transport Operations (CoEATO)’s Manager, Abubakar Noor said after the ESIA is completed with NEMC permit issued, construction work of four main buildings, one at JNIA and three at KIA, will start.
Noor pointed out that the buildings which will include aircraft hangars, will enable aviation students get practical training after theory currently going on at NIT for those doing aircraft engineering and pilots. “The signing of the contract is an important step in the project’s implementation,” he said.
In remarks after signing the contract, TRES Consult’s Managing Director Bashiru Abdul thanked NIT leadership for having confidence in his company. “We wish to thank your esteemed institution for giving our company the opportunity to work on this and we are promising to deliver,” Bashiru said.
He said TRES Consult is dully certified and registered by NEMC as a qualified firm with necessary environmental experts capable of doing the ESIA but also environmental audits as per regulations governing the sector.
Bashiru noted that his company has undertaken a number of similar assignments including those of airport construction and development. “We were involved in conducting the ESIA for the construction of Terminal III at JNIA,” he added noting that the exercise was conducted in 2018.
Between 2014/18 TRES Consult was also involved in environmental monitoring of water quality, air quality, noise and vibration at JNIA and a similar assignment at KIA prior an expansion project between 2016/18.
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