PRESIDENT ADVISES AGAINST BUREAUCRACY IN RURAL ELECTRIFICATION

TANZANIA: ELECTRIFICATION/DAILY NEWS/3/4/18 SABANews 1

President John Pombe Magufuli

DAR ES SALAAM – President JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA has ordered the national Electricity Supply Company and the Rural Energy Agency to avoid unnecessary bureaucracy in connecting village households with electricity.

He has told a gathering to launch the KINYEREZI-TWO Power Plant in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM, the authorities should also charge cheap power tariffs.

The DAILY NEWS says the facility will produce 240 megawatts after completion in a few months.

It quotes President MAGUFULI as saying currently, more than FOUR-THOUSAND villages are connected to electricity, and his government is working hard to ensure rural connections by 2020.

He says research shows only 36 percent TANZANIANS have access to power while the rest rely on charcoal and firewood, which have some negative health implications and damage the environment.

President MAGUFULI has also directed the Ministry of Energy to reduce power tariffs to the lowest prices possible as the nation embarks on simple sources like natural gas and hydropower.

Airspace surveillance to improve

In another development, the Head of State says TANZANIA can save more than 531-THOUSAND-444 US dollars each year following the installation of FOUR radar stations.

He has made the announcement at a ceremony to lay the foundation stones ahead of construction of the facilities in DAR ES SALAAM.

The President says his country is paying neighbouring KENYA the same amount in surveillance charges; since TANZANIA currently has only ONE radar that covers a mere 25 percent of its airspace./Sabanews/cam

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