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RURA boss commits to address higher water tariffs, irregular transport fares

By IGIHE
On 24 December 2020 at 10:46

The newly appointed Director General of Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority (RURA), Dr. Ernest Nsabimana has committed to improve efficiency in transport sector by fixing irregular fares, address issues related to hiked prices for water, electricity tariffs and maintain good reputation of the institution.

Dr. Nsabimana made the pledge to the Senatorial Standing Committee on Economic Development and Finance as the latter assessed the competencies of officials appointed by the cabinet meeting recently.

The areas of priority were revealed yesterday during an extra-ordinary session of Senate that also approved seven heads of different institutions appointed by 14th December cabinet meeting.

These include Dr. Nsabimana Ernest , the Director General of RURA; Dusenge Byigero Alfred, the CEO of Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC); Gashumba Jeanne Pauline, the CEO of Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), Vincent Munyeshyaka, the CEO of Business Development Fund (BDF) and Félix Nshimyumuremyi, the Director General of Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA).

Others include Dr Rose Mukankomeje, the Director General of Higher Education Council (HEC) and Paul Umukunzi, the Director General of Rwanda TVET Board (RTB).

As they interacted with the Senatorial Standing Committee on Economic Development and Finance, these leaders committed to deliver on efficiency and fix existing gaps.

The Director General of RURA, Dr. Nsabimana Ernest expressed readiness to improve efficiency in public transport services, address the problem of inadequate infrastructure, buses, and roads for public transport as well as fixing irregular public transport fares.

He also expressed interest in providing solution to higher tariffs for water and electricity and telecommunications services experiencing network problems.

The CEO of WASAC, Dusenge Byigero Alfred pointed out the absence of board committee since 2018 among issues hindering performance of the institution.
He committed to improve efficiency in funds mismanagement and scale up efforts in water and sanitation services.

The CEO of BDF, Vincent Munyeshyaka revealed that he is aware of gaps indicated by the Auditor General which he will leverage to improve performance.

The Director General of Rwanda TVET Board, Umukunzi Paul committed strong collaboration with relevant institutions to identify and prioritize skills needed at the labor market and update school curricula as well.

Among others, the Director General of HEC, Dr Rose Mukankomeje committed to draw emphasis on promoting quality education within all schools and update standards that new schools have to meet before authorization.

The Director General of RURA, Dr. Nsabimana Ernest expressed readiness to improve efficiency in public transport services.

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