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Shinyanga gets 60bn/- to implement REA project

Shinyanga gets 60bn/- to implement REA project

SHINYANGA region has received 60bn/- for implementation of Phase III, second round of the Rural Energy Agency (REA) project, it has been revealed.

REA Director for Rural Electrification Programme, Engineer Elineema Mkumbo, said recently that Kahama district was given 39bn/- and the remaining 21bn/- was allocated to Kishapu and Shinyanga Rural District.

"Today, we are introducing these two contractors who will be implementing the project, namely Suma JKT Company and Tontan Project Technology Company Limited. We expect that the work will be complete in time," he said.

The Regional REA Projects Supervisor, Engineer Antony Tarimo, said a total of 216 villages will benefit, with exceptional of only 30, which are not included in the programme. However, he assured that the government would make sure that all villages are covered.

Shinyanga Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Ms Zuwena Omary, said the project has come at the right time, as people are eagerly waiting for energy services, for introduction of economic activities.

He told the contractors to ensure that works are done within targeted timeframe, insisting that: "With electricity supply, the villagers will be enabled to engage in various development activities, let us make it possible."

She said the region has put in place good environment for investment for small, medium and large scale investors.

"Availability of energy would add more value in efforts to attract investors in the region," she said while urging the Tanzanian youth to grab the opportunity.

The RAS further encouraged the youth to request to  make good use of free interest loans that are provided by their councils, to help them boost  their investments.

Tontan Project Technology Company’s Director for Marketing, Ms Nasra Mwampashe, whose project is in Kahama District, assured of timely accomplishment of the work, saying:

"We have been closely working with our government, let the public expect the best work from us," she said.

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Author: Kareny Masasy in Shinyanga

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