27 November 2013, Dar es Salaam – The Tanzania government has started supplying electric power to rural areas of Tanga Region’s eight districts.The government has embarked on the move in its efforts to improve the people’s livelihood and speed up economic development of the areas.
Speaking in an interview with the ‘Daily News’ on Tuesday, Eng. Amon Kyomo said that, at initial stage the project would be implemented along villages which are situated not more than 30 kms from the National Grid line.
According to him, the project will be carried out by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), which has been charged with rural electrification countrywide.He said the project would increase economic productivity in rural areas, apart from easing people’s lives.
“As you know, there is a great difference in development between rural and urban dwellers. Power supply will reduce the gap in the sense that the economy in rural areas will improve…the intention of the government is to improve the living standard in rural areas,” he said.
He said under the programme Tanzania would be able to realise its Vision 2025, which aims at taking the country’s economy to a higher level of development.
“In this age of science and technology electric power is essential in most undertakings. Therefore, the government decision to supply power to rural villages is a wise and meaningful move which will uplift their lives, : he stated.
He urged district authorities to collaborate full with REA technicians in order to facilitate the project’s roll-out plan.
– Tanzania Daily News