By Joackim Kule
The minister of State for Energy and Mineral Development has re-affirmed government’s commitment to have the entire country connected to the electricity grid by 2030.
Hon. Opolot Okasai who was officiating at the commissioning of thirteen power lines at Katooke trading center in Bugoye sub county, Busongora County North said government remains committed to reducing the use of biomass in fuel.
The commissioned power lines included Nyakaziba, Kyeizoba, Isango, Buhuhira, Bwesumbu, Kirembe Lower, Nyabugando, Kabuyiri, Kalitusi-Rusese, Kyondo, Kasemire, Bikone and Katooke.
According to Mr. Opolot, his ministry needs about 4 billion dollars, approximately 150 billion Uganda shillings to be in position to supply power to all corners of the country.
Minister Okasai said whereas power has not yet covered most parts of the country; the mega watts produced currently exceed the demand before revealing that the country currently producing 1,700 mega watts and an additional 600 mega watts will be produced by the end of the year.
The State Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Godfrey Kabbyanga Baluku Kime urged people to always sparingly use electricity in order to minimize its costs.
Busongora County North Member of parliament, Hon. Sowedi Kitanywa reiterated the need for the people to establish enterprises that use power so that they make business and improve their economic livelihoods.