Rwanda: Gov’t reveals plan to increase access to electricity in Gatsibo
Ernest Nsabimana, Minister of Infrastructure, has stated that the government is reviewing plans to expand access to electricity in the Gatsibo district.
He said this during a three-day visit to the districts of Gatsibo and Nyagatare, respectively.
Nsabimana stated, “Gatsibo district is one of the districts in the Eastern Province that lag behind in access to electricity, there are some sectors that do not have access to electricity. We are going to speed up the electrification process in the district, because all requirements have been provided.”
Pacific Ntirandekura, a Kabeza cell resident, told The New Times that connecting the area to the grid will be beneficial, adding that as a shopkeeper, he has been spending a lot of money to light his shop and has been forced to close early on occasion.
Richard Gasana, the mayor of Gatsibo, stated that the plan is to increase access to electricity from 62% to 84%. So far, 62.5% of the district’s population has access to electricity, with 32.6% connected on-grid and 29.9% connected off-grid.
These figures represent the district’s total of 72,810 connected households. Rwanda has set a goal of achieving universal energy access by 2024.
Source: Energy Ghana