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SWEDEN, Norway applaud fifth phase govt performance

SWEDEN and Norway have commended the work of the fifth phase government on the impact of their financial support to Tanzania in achieving its Sustainable Development Goal on energy.

Through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), 121 villages close to Iringa-Shinyanga power line of 400kV electrical power transmission line will be connected to power once the project is over in March 2019.

“Implementation of the project that started in 2017 is ongoing, and the Embassy visited some of the villages under the programme in Iringa District,” Eng Herinema Mkumba from REA noted yesterday during the visit.

Eng Mkumba said under the support of those countries, the government had received financial assistance of more than 58.4b/- to implement the project that cuts across five regions of Iringa, Dodoma, Singida, Tabora and Shinyanga.

If the current trend does not change, he said, REA estimates that the number of people connected with electricity in those 121 villages will reach over 30,350 after completion of the project.

Speaking with the ‘Daily News’ after visiting Ndolela, Uhominyi, Chamdindi, Igula, Izazi and Mtera villages, Jorgen Erikson from the Embassy of Sweden in Dar es Salaam said they are satisfied with the progress, and have seen potential number of connections in those villages.

Erickson who is dealing with energy issues in the Embassy said the main objective of financing the project is to increase access to modern energy services in rural areas of Tanzania for sustainable social and economic development and poverty alleviation.

REA Board Member, Happiness Mgina said rural areas have been starved of energy supplies for a long time because “we ignored the fact that the majority of citizens lived in rural areas.”

Mgina said since its inception in 2007, REA which is an organisation operating under the Ministry of Energy, has remained consistent in facilitating rapid and equitable provision of energy in those areas (rural areas).

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Author: FRANK LEONARD in Iringa

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