Power for 50 households at Ozohambo

15 September 2020 | Economics

OTJINENE – About 50 out of a planned 300 households in the Ozohambo informal settlement in Otjinene now have electricity connected to their homes as part of a peri-urban electrification project by Cenored and the Otjinene Village Council.

The councillor of the Otjinene constituency, Erwin Katjizeu, during the electricity switching-on ceremony in Ozohambo on Friday applauded Cenored for responding to the call to electrify the settlement and making a difference in the lives of the inhabitants.

Katjizeu added that the provision of electricity is crucial for improving living standards, supporting development, creation of job opportunities and fostering social activities.

“Access to electricity drives development and is essential for job creation, constituent empowerment and the combating of poverty; electricity is one of the key inputs for socio-economic development,” he said.

He said 150 households are included in the first phase of the peri-urban electrification project and the remaining 100 households’ electricity meter boxes will be installed in the next financial year, while the other 150 households will receive electricity during the second phase of the project.

Empowerment

Speaking at the same event, Cenored’s executive manager of engineering and systems development, Silvester Wayiti, said the company has answered the call by the White Paper on Energy Policy developed by the energy policy committee of the ministry of mines and energy in May 1998, calling upon ensuring that access to electricity is granted to inhabitants of any given village, settlement and town as a tool for social economic growth.

“We continue to plan and execute electrification projects in areas where we operate,” said Wayiti.

Once the electricity is connected in these households, children will be able to study at night and local entrepreneurs will be able to set up businesses at the settlement, he added.

Cornelia Kao, a local resident said she has lived in Ozohambo for 16 years without electricity, adding that she was overjoyed that the settlement is finally being electrified.

Another resident, Natalia Jaezuruka, also said children in the settlement can now study at home during the night.

“And for those of us who sew, this will allow us to start our sewing businesses and make ends meets,” she added. - Nampa

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