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Government In Sustainable Energy Campaign In Hoima District

In a bid to increase access to alternative energy sources and save mother nature from extinction, the government through Ministry of Energy is set to launch Sustainable energy campaign in Hoima District from 24th July at Boma Ground.

Simon Dujang Energy State Minister says the campaign will not only create awareness among the rural flocks to embrace alternative energy sources but encourage  them to purchase energy products other than waiting for free electricity connection from Rural Electrification Agency.

“Ministry of energy is partnering with Power Africa and Eskom to launch one week sustainable energy campaign in Hoima region under theme: save energy save the environment to create awareness of the alternative energy sources and also increase access to electricity there,”he said.

The minister further says the campaign will provide an opportunity for various exhibitors in the energy sector to show case their products and services such as solar PV systems, improved cook stoves, LPG technologies, charcoal briquettes and energy saving bulbs.

Dujang however said his ministry is committed to government priorities of increased access to modern energy services and promotion of efficient utilization of energy sources.

Activities government will promote in Hoima

According to Minister Dujang during the campaign in Hoima the ministry will promote electricity connections policy by encouraging people in Hoima and Bunyoro sub region to get connected to free electricity.

The ministry will also promote the use of energy saving technologies and reduce energy cost and encourage the public to adopt renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

Eskom Manging Director Msthozama Gangi challenged government to address bottlenecks to energy access taking cognizance of high cost of energy as barrier to human development and access to sustainable development.

She said access to sustainable energy is critical to uplift people out of poverty and hunger, enhancing food security and improving the quality of life for all.

Richard Smith USAID Power Africa Chief of Party pledged to work with government and private sector to increase access to energy alternatives in the rural areas.

Power Africa currently is working with government and private sector companies to beef up access to sustainable energy supply by unlocking energy sources on the continent.

Power Africa is also working with government to remove barriers that impede energy development and investment and add one million people on national grid.

Available statistics indicates that close to 90% of entire public do not access electricity on the national grid and those on alternative energy sources such as solar find it expensive to purchase these gargets.

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