Canada and Tanzania in a joint preliminary oil exploration
and Tanzania have started conducting preliminary exploration of oil and gas in
the Rift Valley north of the country. The development was made public earlier
this week by the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Managing
Director, Dr James Mataragio when he was introducing the project partner Canada
based C-GGSU to stakeholders. C-GGSU started the USD14million exploration
and has already done similar studies in Asian countries and the United States
of America. The TPDC official said that the area of study is a 23-km long belt
of the Rift Valley on the Tanzanian side. The study will involve blocks located
in the natural alkaline soda lakes which are in the series of the East Africa
Rift Valley lakes, located in Northern Tanzania such as Lake Eyasi, Manyara and
Lake Natron. “All these are lakes that fall within the East African Great
Rift valley, which have the characteristics of having oil as Uganda’s lake
Albert and Kenya’s Turkana,” he explained. He said the study is to get
information on the availability of oil and gas and after this study, other more
detailed studies will be carried-out for similar purposes. “Under this study, a
well-equipped aircraft will be deployed to collect the required information.
This will be flying at an altitude of between 80 metres and 100 metres above
the sea level, with the speed of 220km/hour,” he said to which the C-CGG
project manager, Brett Robson intoned that in the earlier stages, six experts
and two pilots will be involved.
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about " Stigma denial and Discrimination" associated with HIV/AIDS. This was organized by theAssociation of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT). On the Photo above President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, ( then the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony.This was at Maelezo auditorium in Dar-es-Salaam September 2005.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about "Vulnerable Children" associated with HIV/AIDS This was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT)
Winner of the National ICT Media Award organized By SWOPNET in the Country. On the photo above Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General ( Rt) Saidi Kalembo was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony which was held at New Sarvoy Hotel in morogoro town.I was awarded a Mobile phone and a tape-recorder.
I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
I was among the top 17 best selected students who excelled in their final examinations of the 2010/2011 academic year and awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s prize. I scored 4.5 GPA (First Class) in BA in Journalism. Above I am being given a certificate by the Chairman of the Open University of Tanzania Board of Senate. Standing at the centre facing camera is the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolly Mbwette. Extreme left partly hidden is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elifas Bisanda. This occasion took place during the convocation meeting, a day before the graduation day at the prospective permanent headquarter of the Open University of Tanzania which is currently under construction at Bungo-Kibaha in Coast region 40 kilometers away west of Dar es Salaam city.