MITOOMA— The Deputy Speaker, Mr Thomas Tayebwa, has appreciated government’s efforts through the Ministry pf Energy to extend electricity to the rural communities .
Through the multi-billion Electricity Access Scale -Up Project (EASP), government is committed to connect at least 1.3 million rural households to the national power grid.
At the launch of the project in Mitooma District on Friday, Tayebwa who is also area MP, said the project was “a pivotal initiative” that will transform lives in rural communities.
Launched was held in Tayebwa ‘s Ruhinda North constituency and he said the EASP will transform lives, increase access to energy for households, commercial enterprises, and public institutions.
“As the deputy speaker of parliament of Uganda and the area Member of Parliament, I stand here not justify as a representative of the people but as a believer in progress and development,” Mr Tayebwa said.
The $638m project is co-funded with the World Bank and seeks to increase energy access for households, enterprises, and institutions through grid and off-grid connections, aligning with Uganda’s Vision 2040, NDP II and III, and SDG 7 for universal energy access by 2030.
Mr Tayebwa explained that the collaboration between the World Bank and the government of Uganda through the Ministery of Energy and Mineral Development, exemplifies the power of partnerships in fostering sustainable development
“As we launch this project, I extend appreciation to the World Bank for the financial support, which is a testament to their belief in our shared vision for a more prosperous future,” said Tayebwa.
The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa said that by 2030 Ugandans will have full access to electricity as a result of EASP.
“The connections will benefit 4.5 million people of which 300,000 are female-headed households, for both household and commercial establishments in line with the Electricity Connections Policy 2018 and Energy Policy 2023,” she said during the launch.
Nankabirwa also joined Tayebwa in praising the World Bank for its generous support.
“Their partnership is instrumental in realizing the goals of this project and enhancing Uganda’s energy infrastructure,” she said.
Eng. Irene Bateebe, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said that the project allocates financing for energy access in refugee host communities, extending electricity access to settlements and host district communities through grid networks or stand-alone solar technologies.
Mitooma District Woman MP Ms Juliet Agatha thanked President Yoweri Museveni for steering the country in the right direction and praised the new power project in the district. She complained that most of the sub counties don’t have access to electricity and asked Energy Ministry to extend power to all areas so that people can use it to improve their household incomes.
Buhweju County Member of Parliament Francis Mwijukye said the project was a massive boost to development.
“It also improves the value of land wherever it passes. When electricity goes through your land, its value goes up. Am therefore here in Mitooma to show our readiness as Buhweju to welcome the Electricity Access Scale-up Project,” he said.
The Electricity Access Scale-up Project will be implemented over five years and will support the Government’s efforts to increase access to electricity for households, refugee and host communities, industrial parks, commercial enterprises, and public institutions to spur socio-economic transformation, in line with Uganda’s Vision 2040 and other Government policies.
The project represents a crucial step towards achieving Uganda’s goal of universal energy access by 2030. By bringing electricity to millions of households, the project will not only transform lives but also contribute to Uganda’s social and economic development.
Access to electricity will enable businesses to flourish, creating employment opportunities and fostering local economic growth.
The EASP activities aim to build on earlier Government initiatives in the energy sector, to support the expansion and strengthening of the electricity distribution network, scale up service connections within the network, and increase access to off-grid electricity in refugee settlements and their host communities (outside the existing electricity distribution network), and to scale up clean cooking services and technologies.
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