ERA Secures $300M for electricity appliances as new connections surge to 200,000
By Kitts D.Mabonga
As the country continues to register more power connections especially among upcoming urban small settings, the electricity regulatory authority [ERA] has revealed that it had secured a $300M loan from the World Bank to be used for purchasing key electricity connectivity appliances.
A senior officer making his presentation to the media.
The remark was last week made by the ERA chief executive officer Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako while addressing the media fraternity during the closing ceremony of the one day training workshop her body organized to empower the participants with skills to report factually at all times which was held at the Golden Tulip hotel Nakasero.
She noted that they are trying to address the bottlenecks surrounding power connections and as a result they have secured a loan worth $300M from the World bank so that they can import all the necessary electricity appliances that help in executing quick and timely power connections which include solidos, in house wiring cables, yaka power meters, poles and transformers among others.
DISCUSSING SAFE AND RELIABLE POWER MATTERS. Participating stakeholders chatting shortly after the workshop.
They have been able to increase house hold connections down from 100,000 per year to now over 200,000 of which development she attributed to the sensitization campaigns her staff members are carrying out coupled with the positive media reporting efforts.
She warned that people bent on stealing power and utility facilities still remain a challenge however urged the public to report such culprits because they have set up a full enforcement department with three detectives always on standby to nab and prosecute the thieves.
Ziria said with the importation of power appliances, all households would be connected to the yaka platform by end of June including giving power transformers to all the nine industrial parks across the country.