Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo on Wednesday commissioned the NamPower Oshamukweni Rural Electrification Project at Oshalumbu village in the Ohangwena Region’s Okongo Constituency.In his remarks, Alweendo said the project includes the elect…
Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo on Wednesday commissioned the NamPower Oshamukweni Rural Electrification Project at Oshalumbu village in the Ohangwena Region’s Okongo Constituency.
In his remarks, Alweendo said the project includes the electrification of Oshamukweni Combined School (CS), which is said to be a school with children accommodated in an unfavourable community-provided school hostel.
Due to contractual and other delays, Alweendo said, only the Oshamukweni CS electrification was completed in the Ohangwena Region.
“However, six other schools are budgeted for and will be electrified in the 2021/2022 financial year,” the minister noted, adding that the Oshalumbu community will now be better off as most services are enabled by the availability of electricity.
The project, he said was started in June 2020 at a cost of N.dollars 4.5 million and was made possible by NamPower through the company’s rural electrification programme to assist and meet the government halfway.
He told the audience that the provision of electricity to schools is essential for creating conducive learning spaces for children, and also boosts economic activities through the establishment of small and medium enterprises and allows the children additional hours at night to study.
The government through its rural electrification programme with assistance from NamPower electrified 33 schools in the country in the 2020/2021 financial year.
Speaking at the same event, NamPower Managing Director Simson Haulofu pointed out that his company since 1991 invested millions into the electrification of rural communities and un-electrified public institutions nationwide.
“Over the past five years, NamPower’s Rural Electrification Programme has invested more than N.dollars 50 million in the electrification of various localities in the Ohangwena Region alone,” Haulofu cited.
He said Onduludiya, Ewanifo, Onailonga, Otaukondjele, Omukukutu, Shaama, Hanghome, Nailonga, Onalusheshete, Oshiti sha Haihonya, Elakalapwa and Omupini are the localities electrified in the region so far.
On his part, Ohangwena Region Governor, Walde Ndevashiya stated that the electrification of Oshamukweni CS and other localities demonstrates well utilisation of taxpayers’ money.
Ndevashiya believes Oshamukweni CS children will perform and double their efforts, now that their school is electrified.
Situated some 30 kilometres in the east of Okongo, Oshamukweni CS was established in 1976 and currently has a population of 313 children from pre-education to Grade 9.
Source: Namibia press Agency