State earmarks $168m for North-West power

GOVERNMENT has invested US$163 million to connect North-Western Province to the national grid.
Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Development Charles Zulu said most of the districts in the province are currently using generators for electricity access, except for Solwezi and Kasempa.
Speaking when he officiated at the commissioning of the Situmbeko grid extension project by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) in Chibombo recently, Mr Zulu said that once the project is completed, residents in the province will stop relying on generators for electricity access, as the area will be connected to the national grid.
“In North-Western Province we are connecting all the districts to the national grid. Maybe you are aware that districts in the province use generators, [and] Government is removing all the generators and connecting the province to the national grid. We have pumped in US$163 million to connect the whole province,” Mr Zulu said.
He said Government wants to see equal development countrywide, as this will improve economic growth.
Mr Zulu said Government is encouraging investment in various mini-hydro and solar projects in Zambia that will increase and improve access to electricity, especially that the country is currently facing erratic power supply.
Mr Zulu said Government will continue to create an enabling environment for people to engage in productive activities that will contribute to the development of the country.

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