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State commissions power project in Nakonde

KELVIN CHONGO, Nakonde
Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Richard Musukwa has commissioned a K4.1 million electricity project in Nakonde under the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).
And President Lungu has donated towards electrification of the first 10 houses in the area.
“On behalf of President Lungu and on my behalf I am donating K1, 500 to electrify the first 10 houses,” said Mr Musukwa.
Mr Musukwa said since assuming power in 2011, Government has been implementing electrification projects in various rural parts of the country.
The minister was speaking when he launched the Nyela grid extension project in Nakonde which already culminated into the installation of power in three villages.
“President Lungu is appreciative of your  support to the PF Government,” Mr Musukwa said.
The minister said last year, Government under REA commissioned more than nine grid extension projects.
He said the K4.1 million worth project is not only a milestone in meeting rural electrification targets, but a demonstration of Government’s determination to provide reliable sources of energy for all the people.
“It is a clear demonstration of our resolve as Government to develop the country. Lack of reliable sources of energy in rural Zambia has been a significant limitation to economic and social development of these areas” he said.
Mr Musukwa said electrification of rural areas will result in job creation and improvement of educational attainments. He said teachers in rural communities of Nakonde will also have an opportunity to pursue further studies through e-learning
And REA chief executive officer Geoffrey Musonda said his organisation has done a lot to provide energy in rural communities.
Mr Musonda said from 2006 to 2014, the REA implemented over 160 grid projects, 328 stand-alone solar energy projects and 4 sustainable solar market packages.
He said this translates into increased access to electricity in rural areas from 3 percent to 5 percent as at 2014.

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