THE Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has been urged to speed up construction works on the Nangweshi Power Grid Extension project in Sioma district.
And REA has attributed the delay to inadequate funding to the project.
Western Province Permanent Secretary Andrew Bukali noted that delays by the contractor engaged to quickly complete the project is worrying and has since called on the Authority to ensure the electrification project is finished.
‘’My first project to visit when I was appointed PS for Western Province was Nangweshi and works were advanced but I wonder why it was delaying to complete,” the Minister said.
The Nangweshi project is deemed important to the Province as it will improve the lives of locals through power connectivity.
“The project is very important as no household in this era would not like to have electricity connected. Households and other sectors need the power to effectively deliver,” the PS stressed.
The Permanent Secretary also urged the Authority to extend similar projects to other parts of the province as well.
And REA chief executive officer Clement Silavwe has attributed the delay to complete the project by the contractor to inadequate funding.
He said about 80 percent of the works at the project was done and will ensure that it is completed and handed over to Zesco by October this year.
“Funding was in the past a challenge but has since improved. This will enable us to finish the project and hand it over to Zesco by this year,” he said.
Mr Silavwe said the project which is costing K4.8 million is going to initially have 60 connections once commissioned.
He indicated that households will be paying a subsided K250 to Zesco for connections once the project is handed over as the Authority’s mandate ends up with the construction of the grid.