Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has pledged to light up more villages in the county through the partnership with Rural Electrification and Renewable Corporation (REREC).
The County Government has committed Sh46.6million for phase two where 39 projects will be undertaken in different Wards across the county; in the shilling for shilling gesture, REREC has topped up with Sh35m to bring the total to Sh81.6m.
“I am happy that enough material have been assembled for phase one of the project which REREC delayed to start for eight months awaiting the inauguration of a new board,” he said.
REREC Chief Executive Officer Peter Mbugua said the Corporation will continue partnering with the County Government to expand rural electrification coverage across the county, noting that the pledge by the County to continue factoring in funds for the project annually will greatly expand power coverage.
Before the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the second phase, REREC toured two sites for the first phase in Marachi Central and Elugulu Wards where contractors were busy erecting poles.
He was accompanied by Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, Public Works Executive Ekirapa Okwara and Chief Officer in charge of Energy Eng. Gilbert Oduory.
Assembly planning committee chairman Ekesa Kassaman and his Mayenje Ward counterpart to engage the locals on non-technical work instead of outsourcing them.
He said the County has less access to power; he thanked Members of the County Assembly for their contribution through the Ward Development Fund to expand rural electrification.
H.E Mulomi said delays in executing the projects could undermine project expansion which might discourage counties from doubling their contributions if delays persist.
The DG said few counties in the country are undertaking the project, thus the need to avail them with power, water and good roads to spur economic development.