Mines, Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister Richard Musukwa says government has embarked on an ambitious electrification programme of all rural areas in the country.
Mr. Musukwa said access to electricity will increase economic activities and help fight poverty in rural areas.
The Deputy Minister said this during the commissioning of the Laurent Chita Grid Extension which involves the electrification of four schools, two health centres and Chief Kabila’s palace at a cost of K6.5 million.
He said government’s vision is too provide developmental infrastructure such as electricity, roads, hospitals and schools among others.
Mr. Musukwa urged people to make use of the electricity that has been brought closer to them to improve their levels of income through setting up of small scale enterprises.
And Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Musonda said the authority remained committed to achieving the targets set in its Master Plan of increasing rural electricity access rates from 3.1 percent in 2008 to 51 percent by 2030.
Mr. Musonda said the Laurent Chita project is expected to benefit 1,815 pupils, public service workers and also a catchment population of 11,340 in the area.
And Luwingu District Education Board Secretary Charity Lungu said the connection of the schools to the national grid will help attract more teachers to serve in rural areas.
Ms Lungu appealed to government through REA to extend the programme to other schools in the district as it will contribute to improved service delivery.