Alebtong – As government puts more effort to connect the rural countryside to the national power grid, Omoro sub-county in Alebtong district has received yet another 18.9 kilometres of power extension. This will be executed by L & T LOT3 Company under rural electrification Agency – REA.
Bose Srthuraman, an official at L&T says they will soon embark on a survey on lines where poles will be erected and later, another detailed survey will be done using drones to ensure no damages on the ecosystem as well as properties of the locals.
While meeting LC1 chairpersons from Omoro sub-county, Mr. Srthuraman said the project which will be complete by November 2020 will not interfere with people’s buildings and plantations because it does not have any compensation component, but called for cooperation from the community.
He says apart from expatriates, his company will ensure that the power line extension benefits the local community by way of employing them for manual work so they can earn income.
The project is funded by the African Development Bank and will cover Corner Omoro, Omoro Trading Center, Omoro Secondary School and Ogo-wie.
L&T has asked business persons close to the line who intends to set up factories, salons or want to connect their homes to power to register for connection and according Bose, connection is free and no one should be conned.
Denis Hamson Obua, the Ajuri County MP who also doubles as the State minister for Sports said he was happy that the project has come to fruition after he wrote several times to the line ministry to ensure that power reaches Omoro.
Minister Obua added that more is yet to come under funding from Islamic Development Bank [IDB].
Mr Obua equally called on Local One chairpersons to mobilize their people to embrace the project and urged those whose land will be crossed by electricity grids to cooperate because all developments require land.
Obua recently switched on power in Amugu trading center also under Rural Electrification Agency. However, UEDCL says many people are yet to step up power connections to their businesses and residential houses.