TBS Management - The new Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) Board assumed office with a bang on Tuesday by announcing massive changes in the top management, including appointing a new acting director general.
Announcing the new changes shortly after the board was inaugurated; the Board Chairman, Professor Cuthbert Mhilu, said the Bureau's Acting Director General, Mr Leandri Kinabo, will be replaced by Mr Joseph Masikitiko, who was the Director for Corporate Services.Professor Mhilu said the move was very important for the Bureau to operate with accountability, credibility and high degree of professionalism adding more changes in the rest of the management positions will be announced on Wednesday.
"The changes come as part of the directives which called for us to make sure we revive this organization and work with the new management. Other major changes in the management will be communicated by Wednesday," he said.This is the second time in a year TBS is being headed by an acting DG following the suspension of the former Boss Mr Charles Ekerege for allegations of office mismanagement.
However, he said Mr Kinabo will return to his previous position as Director for Standards Development and will continue serving as a board member since his good service and contribution is still valuable.The new board chair also said he received directives from the Minister for Industries and Trade, Dr Abdallah Kigoda, who wanted it to deal with various issues in the bureau affecting its performance including divisions among workers.
Earlier, Dr Kigoda challenged the board and gave it six months to clear existing mess affecting its functions including making sure the current management faces major restructuring.He also directed for new management to make sure within six months it clears its house and put it in good order for it to maintain its good track in dealing with inferior products facing the country.
Minister Kigoda said the new board should operate and deliver to the expectation of the public and help address various impediments facing TBS including shortage of staff leading to inefficiency."We have a problem of influx of fake and substandard products which must be addressed and results achieved. Good working spirit between you and the ministry must also be restored," he said.
He added that the board should confront fake goods manufacturers and importers without delay including some local unregistered and unlicensed industries operating dubiously in the city.Other Board members who assumed office on Monday include Dr Fidea Mgina, Mr Rashid Salim, Prof Ntengua Mdoe, Ms Magdalena Utouh and Mr Godfrey Simbeye.
Others are Mr Michael Kamba, Dr Pamela Sawa, Mr Jasson Bagonza, Mr Juma Rajab, Ms Fatuma Riami Diwani and Mr Kinabo who was serving under his former capacity and acting DG.
By Pius Rugonzibwa
Tanzania Daily News/05/03/2013