Friday, March 05, 2010

Sikongo border post awaits connection to national grid

Sikongo border post awaits connection to national grid
By Namatama Mundia
Fri 05 Mar. 2010, 04:00 CAT

KALABO district commissioner Matindo Nalishuwa has said Sikongo border post between Zambia and Angola will be connected to the national grid by next month.

In an interview yesterday, Nalishuwa said the project of connecting Sikongo to the national grid had reached an advanced stage and would be completed by the end of April.

“They are now erecting the poles, they are almost half way through because they have covered 56 kilometers from Kalabo and when I spoke to the engineer, I was told that there will be power in Sikongo by next month,” he said.

Nalishuwa said the electrification of Sikongo sub Boma would help bring development to the area.

He said all the schools, hospitals, immigration offices and individual households would benefit from the rural electrification project.

And Nalishuwa said 100 metric tonnes of relief food had been distributed to villagers whose crops were destroyed by floods and animals.

“But due to the nature of the floods, the 100 metric tonnes which was pre-positioned last year was not enough and we are still waiting for more relief food from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU),” said Nalishuwa.

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