NAMIBIAN GOVT TO ELECTRIFY 400 RURAL SCHOOLS BY 2020

The Namibian government intends to electrify about 400 schools in rural areas before April 2020, says Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze.

This year, between 35 and 38 rural schools will be electrified countrywide, Kandjoze revealed during a visit to Okoutjove village in the Omaheke Region's Otjombinde constituency last Thursday.

The minister said at a meeting with the local community that the government had set aside more than 60 million Namibian dollars (about 4.0 million US dollars) towards the rural electrification initiative for all 14 regions (provinces).

"Education is our mandate, hence the need to identify schools with dire electricity needs. It is our mandate to ensure that schools have electricity," said Kandjoze.

The minister asked local government councillors to provide him with the names of schools in need of facilities such as hostels and fencing, saying his ministry would seek assistance from mining companies in this regard as part of their social development responsibilities.

Source: Nam News Network