The Minister of Education Dr. Papias Musafiri Malimba, yesterday, inaugurated solar home systems that were connected to 166 households of Agatare Village in Gati Cell, Gishari Sector of Rwamagana District.
The solar energy was donated by Police Training School (PTS) together with one of its wings – Gishari Integrate Polytechnic (GIP) – and Officer Cadet Intake 9.
The Minister was accompanied by the Commandant of PTS, Commissioner of Police (CP) Vianney Nshimiyimana, the mayor of Rwamagana District and the principal of GIP among others.
Addressing residents of Gishari, Minister Musafiri said: “The distribution of solar systems by Rwanda National Police is a major contributor to the security of your neighbourhood, your welfare and part of the country’s development.”
Rwanda aims at having 70% of national households connected to electricity by 2018 and according to Minister Musafiri; Police’s contribution is another assurance that the target will be achieved.
He expressed optimism regarding the performance of students, saying that, “with solar energy, we are sure students can do their revision at night and perform far better.”
CP Nshimiyimana thanked residents for their continued partnership and urged them to keep up the momentum in community policing through instant information sharing on anything or anyone that could cause insecurity in their neighborhood.
“All activities that RNP has done throughout the Police Week are guided by the good leadership of our country. We also urge you to protect these infrastructures,” said the Commandant.
Beneficiaries said that the initiative is bound to change their lives completely.
Aloys Ngendahimana, one of the beneficiaries, said: “I never dreamt of having electricity in my home. This is proof that vision 2020 is real and I am grateful that we have President Paul Kagame, who has made this happen.”
Another beneficiary, Esperance Nyirabanzi said: “It all began with a cow, then I was given medical insurance and house and now it’s connected with solar energy, I am very grateful to our President, who works tirelessly to ensure that all Rwandans live a good and decent life.”