STATE minister for energy Daudi Migereko has said electricity will be extended to all villages under the Rural Electrification Programme, to respond to the increasing demand for power.
Migereko was speaking as the guest of honour at the end-of-year party for The New Vision Jinja staff at Silver Touch in Jinja last week.
Migereko said electricity would add value to agricultural products and boost earnings of local communities from the sale of processed produce.
He said the Government had got the funds to implement the programme. He said the programme, to be implemented in phases, would take 10 years.
Migereko appealed to the community to utilise the programme by starting small-scale industries to sustain it.
He also encouraged the public to adopt the use of solar energy, promising advice on how to access it.
The minister hailed the media for promoting the development of Jinja town and the entire country.
He advised journalists to write positive criticisms and give credit where it is due.
Jinja mayor David Wakudumira commended the New Vision staff for positive reporting. He said Jinja was a well planned town with big tourism and investment potential.
More rural areas to get electricity