Tanzania Portland Cement Company Limited (Twiga Cement) and the Prisons Corporation Sole have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to being the manufacturing and production of limestone from mines within the Boko Prison near Dar es Salaam in March 2015.
According to Mbaruk Abdulwakil, the Permanent Secretary at the Tanzania Ministry of Home Affairs Commissioner, production of limestone at the Boko prison mines is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2015 following final approval from the government.
According to the proposed agreement, the government of Tanzania will receive 1,200 cement bags along with USD 58,000 to be used in the construction of staff quarters and office facilities at the Boko prison and, in return, the TPCC will manage the process of mining limestone from within the prison to be used as raw material at its plant on Wazo hill.
“We welcome other private investors to come and join us through PPP (public private partnership) arrangement and extract building materials near our prisons in Arusha, Dodoma, Mbeya, Mwanza, Mtwara and Tanga,” he said.
Alfonso Rodriguez, Managing Director of Twiga Cement indicated that the company is eager to support future government initiatives in sectors including power, water and construction and encouraged further investment in the prison project.