ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu
SIGORA International, an American non-governmental organisation (NGO),is set to electrify about 1, 200 rural households in Kaanja area of Sioma district in Western Province using solar energy.
Sioma district commissioner Morris Litula said in an interview here that the programme is expected to start next month.
Mr Litula said SIGORA was given a go-ahead to electrify the households in Kaanja community after undergoing all formalities.
He said the project was made possible by Vice-President Inonge Wina.
“The pilot project was initially supposed to start in Chibombo in Central Province but we would like to thank the Vice -President Mrs Wina for having considered Sioma for the start,” he said.
Mr Litula also said schools and health posts in Kaanja will equally be electrified.
He said SIGORA will also construct a market at Kaanja as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Mr Litula thanked the traditional leadership in the area for offering land where the solar panel source will be set up.
Meanwhile, Mr Litula said a College of Agriculture,which is being constructed with support from the World Bank,will be completed in November this year.
Mr Litula said the college will offer courses in livestock and fisheries.
“The college, which is being constructed by Best Ways Enterprises, will impact positively on the youth, considering the number of pupils that have completed school around Sioma,” he said.
And Mr Litula said two consortium licences have been given out to two firms dealing in timber.
Mr Litula said the district has put in place stern measures and is on high alert to stop illegal trading in timber.
He said Sioma last month confiscated hundreds of timber with culprits facing charges in the courts of law.