The Rural Electrification Authority(REA) has partnered with the Copperbelt Development Foundation Limited (CDFL) to connect two schools in Shibuyunji district to the National Grid at a total cost of 2.3 Million Kwacha.
The two institutions are Shamilimo secondary and Munyati primary schools of both of Makombwe ward in Shibuyunji district.
ZANIS reports that this came to light when a team from REA who went to conduct an environmental impact assessment on the project paid a courtesy call on Shibuyunji District Commissioner Jairos Simukoko in Shibuyunji today.
And Mr Simukoko says the project is a viable one which is likely to benefit not only the pupils, but the surrounding community and ultimately provide temporal employment to the local people.
Mr Simukoko adds that if power is extended to all the ten wards of the district delivery of services in the locality will be improved.
He further hopes that more facilities like hospitals will be connected to the national grid.
During the meeting, REA Senior Environmental Officer Charity Simwinga disclosed that her institution has partnered with CDFL to share the cost of electrifying the two schools.
She said REA has taken up 42 percent of the cost while, CDFL will take up the 58 percent.
Ms Simwinga explained that REA will work closely with government departments such as the Department of National Parks and Wild Life (DNPW), Council, and the forestry department during the course of the project.
The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) is a statutory body created by an Act of Parliament No. 20 of 2003. REAs mandate is to provide electricity infrastructure to all rural areas using appropriate technologies in order to increase access, productivity and contribute to improved quality of life.
Within this mandate, several rural public infrastructure have been electrified that include hospitals, schools and thatched houses.