Chakol North residents in Teso South have welcomed the rural electrification project sponsored by the Busia County Government in collaboration with the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).
The project which will cover 19 villages across the county was officially launched on Thursday by the Chief Officer for Public Works and Energy Moses Weunda at Ikileng village in Moru Karisa location.
Chakol North MCA Stephen Ekapolon said the REA project is the initiative of the County Government to bring development to rural areas.
” Ojaamong’s administration has brought development to rural areas. Today we have roads, water and now electricity is coming. We have no doubts to return the Governor and myself for another term.
There are those who spread propaganda that we have not done anything. Such prophets of doom should be discarded,” he said.
Weunda said Chakol North, Chakol South, Busibwabo, Amukura West, Amukura East, Mayenje, Marachi East, Nangina and Bunyala South Wards will benefit from the first phase of the project which was funded through the Ward Development Fund proposed by their MCAs.
He told Ikileng and Okiporo village residents in Chakol North Ward that the project will benefit them in terms of security and markets for their products, adding that local labour will be used by the contractor.
Weunda said the project which will start with pegging exercise will take one month to completion and will be available for use by about 600 households.
The contractor Ben Nyende from REA thanked the County Government for remembering its people and remove darkness in rural areas.
He told the residents who have planted trees where the lines will pass to cut them . ” We shall also bring materials to the site. He told Apegei Chief Thaddeus Ikileng to guard them against theft.”
Ikileng resident Margaret Akinyi said electricity will increase their business, adding that they are currently forced to travel long distances to Lukolis or Amukura to access nearest markets.
Photos: Chief Officer for Public Works and Energy Moses Weunda (3rd left)shown power layout diagram by Contractor from Rural Electrification Authority Ben Nyende at Ikileng village in Chakol North Ward on Thursday.