BUIKWE: Njeru Municipality Member of Parliament, National Unity Platform (NUP)’s Hon. Jimmy Lwanga has asked the government to intervene and address the persistent power outages and unreliable electricity supply in the constituency.
In a letter titled ‘POWER SHORTAGE IN MOST OF THE VILLAGES IN NJERU MUNICIPALITY ‘Lwanga argues that the area is frustrated by power shortages and asked the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa an expedited solution.
‘’Allow me to draw your attention to the fact that Njeru Municipality in spite of being the major source of energy /electricity in the country at Bujagaali and Nalubaale hydroelectric power stations, most villages don’t have electricity up to date which is a remarkable hindrance to the development of the area’’, reads in part the petition from Lwanga, who is the former speaker for Njeru Municipality.
Lwanga alias ‘Embwa Yokukyalo’ added that the municipality is highly populated with many schools, factories among other establishments that have suffered power deficiency which has impacted on their social economic transformation.
The legislator, who asked the ministry to expedite the process of extending power to the affected villages, so as to boost economic activities and save lives in these areas, reminded the government that Njeru is among the areas bucketing huge revenues to the National treasury through taxes.
The affected villages include;Nakibizzi , Nsenge, Kinabi, Kanyogoga ,Nakakumbi ,Butema ,Bulungu, Buziika Parish ,Kabaale ,Bugoba A,B,C,Banga 1 & 2 and Namabu.
Other villages are; Kamwokya, Wabuyinja, Kalagala, Nakalanga, Kyoga, Kgudu and Namaziba among others.
It should be noted that the government through Rural Electrification Agency (REA), a semi-autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament, is mandated to operationalise rural electrification function.
REA is mandated to implement a number of projects including Grid extension, Independent Grids and off grid Solutions.