Monday, April 18, 2011

Electricity Installed in Nkombo Island

Nkombo Island, as well as two other sectors of the district of Rusizi have been connected to the national electrical grid, 14 months after the beginning of the project that cost over 4 million dollars, financed through the Electricity Access Roll out Programme (EARP) and implemented by the Energy Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA).
The director general of EWASA, Yves Muyange, was on the island on Monday attending a ceremony officially inaugurating the transmission line that will provide electricity to 400 households and spoke to Contact FM after the ceremony had concluded.

This is the first island of Lake Kivu to be connected to the national electrical grid by extending the transmission line over across the lake but there are plans to connect the neighboring island of Ishwa in the coming months. The government, through EARP, has since January 2010, connected 52,000 households.
The government’s target is to have at least 50 percent of the population having access to electricity in the next seven years.

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