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Electricity reaches Pader

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th February 2010 03:00 AM

THE Government has extended electricity to Pader and Abim districts.

THE Government has extended electricity to Pader and Abim districts.

By Chris Ocowun

THE Government has extended electricity to Pader and Abim districts.

The project, carried out under the Rural Electrification Agency, will benefit 1,667 families and is expected to boost economic growth.

The beneficiaries will be people who have paid membership fee of sh10,000 and bought at least two shares of sh100,000 in Pader-Abim Community Multi-purpose Electricity Cooperative Society.

The society is managing the power.

The manager, Esron Okuonzi, said 1,450 members had registered and bought shares.

He added that more than 200 households had been connected to the power supply line.

“After connecting the 1,667 families, we shall start normal connection at a fee of sh350,000 without poles and sh900,000 with poles,” Okuonzi stated.

The public relations officer of the Rural Electrification Agency, Dr. Patricia Litho, said the power line, running to Pader and Abim through a number of trading centres, was tapped from Corner Kilak on Lira-Kitgum road.

Inspecting power extension to Labora Youth Centre in Pader recently, Litho said: “We are using the prepaid metering system to connect power to people who have bought shares from the electricity cooperative. This makes managing the power easier because people use what they have paid for.”

She added that they have temporarily restricted the power connection until the Pader-Abim community electricity cooperative gets an operation licence.

Pader resident district commissioner Santo Okot Lapolo said this was one of the Government’s programmes to help northern Uganda recover from the war and become productive. 

He appealed to the community to use the power to transform their lives.

Electricity reaches Pader

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