TORORO– The Tororo District Chairman John Okea has raised concerns to the minister of Energy and Mineral Development Ruth Nankabirwa over rural electrification agency staff who ignore district authorities in implementation of projects.
Okea is also concerned that rural electrification agency staff have went ahead to impregnant girls in the area and leave them most of whom are teenagers to suffer since they disappear after their contracts.
The chairperson highlighted to the Minister about the need for more solar projects in the district and urged the Ministry to come up with stringent measures to deal with vandalism of transformers and theft of their oil.
Resudent District Commissioner Nixion Owole raised concerns over the northern region power grid which has alot of contradictions on assessment, survey and compensation.
Hon Apollo Yeri the Tororo Municipality Member of Parliament asked the Minister to to rethink of the best mode of power assurance in the area market as well as consideration of wind power to reduce over dependence on Hydro power.
Dr Emmanuel Otala the West Budama South Constituency MP and the Chairperson of Parliamentary committee on minerals and natural resources requested the Minister to consider connecting power in all the parishes to empower the cottage industry coming up by the parish model.
This according to him will improve the lives of people from peasants to money based economy especially in the local communities.
Geofrey Ekanya, the Tororo county North MP asked the Minister not only to focus on big customers stressing that there’s a need to focus on connecting the excess power to Muntu wa wansi so that grinding machines can make profits and other small industries.
Ruth Nakabirwa the Minister of energy and minerals and natural resources who was on a working tour in the area asked leaders to join hands on fighting vandalism and corruption in ensuring excellent service delivery to the electorate.
Minister Nankabirwa noted that for social economic transformation to be felt, electricity is key and should be connected to the local person which is one of her ministry’s goal that must be achieved.
She stated that in 2001, power connectivity was at 1% but currently with other reserved options such as solar, thermo power she hopes by 2025 to live it at 60% from the current 45%.