More than 10, 000 people in Miluji ward in Mufumbwe constituency of North-Western province will benefit from solar hammer mill soon to be commissioned in the locality.
In an interview, Miluji ward councillor, Freddy Mukelabai said about 10, 600 people would be able access power once the mill is commissioned.
Mr Mukelabai said the stance taken by government to install a solar hammer mill will improve the living standards of people in the wards.
He said the central location of the solar hammer mill which is stationed at Tukuta Uwane cooperative will also supply power to about 25 staff houses that will include Chime Mujidu Rural health center and Miluji primary school respectively.
The civic leader said solar hammer mill will enable people in the area to grid their maize at affordable prices and it will also be milling maize which would later sold to the community.
Mr Mukelabai said the coming of the mill in the ward will create employment for the youths in entrepreneurship skills such as welding, barbing and gardening among other activities.
The civic leader has appealed to government through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to provide maize shed depots in the area saying unscrupulous maize dealers were swindling farmers by maize at cheap prices as farmers are desperate of selling their produce.
Mr Mukelabai said FRA should quickly enter the ward in order to buy all the maize in the ward before the unscrupulous maize dealers mop up the maize from farmers.
He said government should also construct a boarding secondary school in the ward as pupils from Miluji, Shipandanga, Kabanga and Mulambwa primary schools cover about 200 kilometers to access secondary education either from Kaoma district in Western province or Kamizekezeke in Mufumbwe district.
Mr Mukelabai complained that due to long distances for children to access quality education, there is an escalation of early marriages of both boys and girls in the ward.
He said the only way of curbing early marriages in the area is only by constructing modern secondary schools adding that he is also busy sensitizing parents of the need of sending their children to school.
Mr Mukelabai further appealed to government to construct a health post in Miluji ward saying that one health post which is at Shipunji in Chief Mushima’s area cannot manage to carter for the whole population in the locality.
He said some expectant mothers fail to cover long distances to Shipunji clinic and just opt to deliver in their homes without the care of any health personnel posing a threat to newly born babies.