For years, residents in Southern Province have been voicing their concerns about the limited access to clean water and electricity, which has left many feeling isolated.
In light of these concerns, a recent meeting was convened, bringing together officials from the Rwanda Energy Group (REG), WASAC, and representatives from the Southern Province.
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the progress and challenges associated with the implementation of the Nyaruguru water treatment plant project.
Dr. Omar Munyaneza, the Chief Executive Officer of WASAC, revealed that the Nyaruguru water treatment plant project would receive partial funding from the African Development Bank, guaranteeing 100% clean water access for the affected districts.
Regarding the provision of electricity, Zingiro Armand, CEO of REG, assured that significant efforts were underway to improve access. The goal is to achieve an 80% electricity access rate next year, up from the current 73.3%. He also emphasized ongoing projects in the Northern Province aimed at electrifying all households and underscored the significance of the Rukarara hydro-power plant in Nyamagabe for the Southern Province.
It’s important to note that out of the 353.40 megawatts of electricity produced in Rwanda, only 208 are currently being effectively utilized.
Alice Kayitesi, the Governor of the Southern Province, acknowledged the progress made but emphasized the remaining work that needs to be accomplished. However, she remained optimistic and highlighted forthcoming projects that are expected to further enhance the situation. Currently, access rates in her province stand at 78.4% for clean water and 70.9% for electricity.
As outlined in the the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) launched in 2017, Rwanda is committed to achieving universal access to these two essential resources by 2024.