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Gov’t to increase rural electricity access

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Pemba
GOVERNMENT intends to increase electricity access in rural areas from the current 4.5 percent to 51 percent by 2030 countrywide, Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa has said.
Mr Nkhuwa said this is because electricity is one of the key requirements of socio-economic development.
“Without electricity, rural areas will remain economically unviable and their contribution to the country’s gross domestic product will be minimal,” he said.
He was speaking on Friday during the commissioning of Kanchomba 2015 grid extension project worth K1,899,806.63 funded by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).
The project involved electricity supply to Kanchomba Secondary School and Kanchomba Rural Health Centre in Pemba.
Mr Nkhuwa said access to electricity not only increases economic growth but also helps to fight poverty and CLICK TO READ MORE



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