Newly connected residents attest that electricity paved the way for income generating activities and transformed livelihoods.
“We used to work in darkness during evening hours that security of our security was compromised. Electricity has however changed the situation. We are no longer exposed to security haphazard, we easily recharge phones and listen to radios without interruptions,” said Umutoni Francine from Mubuga business centre in Rwabicuma sector.
Ngendahimana Vincent, a teacher at Groupe Scolaire Mubuga explained that electricity has facilitated quality education enabling them to impart ICT and computer skills easily.
“We used to focus on theoretical parts but electricity has become a game changer that students are acquainted with practical skills,” he said.
Nsengiyumva Eric, a student revealed that they would experience difficulties to revise studies using lanterns yet they didn’t have enough kerosene. “With electricity, I can revise studies, attend to home works and study without complexities,” he explained.
The mayor of Nyanza district, Ntazinda Erasme said that a lot of efforts were expended in the provision of electricity over the past five years that saw the district recording a remarkable improvement.
“Newly electricity installations covered 272 km. This improved electricity access from 12 to 42% currently. We also extended road lights from 10 to 30 kilometers,” he explained.
Ntazinda has revealed that at least 70% households will be connected to the main grid by 2024.
“This year alone, we have a mega project dubbed ‘Cyabakamyi’ that will extend electricity to 6000 households. The project will cover different sectors including Mukingo, Cyabakamyi, Busasamana, Rwabicuma and Nyagisozi, “he said.
Ntazinda underscored that the project complements other small projects implemented in partnership with Rwanda Energy Group (REG) to extend electricity to other households. Among others, a factory to manufacture electricity cables is under construction in Nyanza district to help the country meet demand locally.
The latter is expected to be completed in February 2021 with annual production capacity between 4500 and 5000 kilometer-long cables.