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North-West connection to national electricity grid good – Kapita

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
NORTH-WESTERN Province Minister Richard Kapita says the connection of the province to the national electricity grid will help attract investors and spur economic activities.
Mr Kapita said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration under the leadership of President Lungu wants to ensure that the province is developed.
He cited the ongoing project to connect the entire province to the national electricity grid.
Mr Kapita said the project is aimed at providing reliable power to help attract investors and enhance economic activities in the region.
He said more jobs are expected to be created once all the districts are connected to the national grid as many investors will be attracted to set up businesses in the province.
Speaking to journalists in an interview, Mr Kapita said both local and foreign investors will be attracted to invest in various sectors of the economy in the province once the project is completed.
“Talking about connection of North-Western Province districts to the national grid, a lot of us are excited because what this means is that we can now attract serious investments in all our various sectors available in the province,” Mr Kapita said.
He urged financial institutions to roll out their banking services to the districts where there are no banks to cater for the unbanked population.
“People in these districts that have been connected to the national grid will need banking services because there will soon be a lot of economic activities that will be going on.
“This goes to banks, for example. So this is an opportunity for them, so I am appealing to the banking sector to take this seriously and set up banks in districts where there are no banks because now it means there will be a lot of business that will require these facilities,” Mr Kapita said.
So far, Mwinilunga, Mufumbwe and Kabompo districts have been connected to the national power grid by Zesco Limited in the ongoing programme.
The connection of the remaining districts to the national electricity grid is expected to be completed by July this year.



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