In a bid to transform the energy sector and ensure transparency and accountability to the citizens, the Rural Electrification Agency has revealed the sector performance assessment for 2017/18 financial year.
The assessment considers the progress of the agency in achieving strategic objectives and addressing various challenges in ensuring equitable access of electricity to all, through rural electrification.
It’s quite clear that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is optimistic in achieving the Country’s Middle income Status. Through its rural electrification programme, the agency continues to implement Government’s efforts to move Uganda to a middle income status which is projected to be a sure deal by 2020.
Increased coverage of electricity throughout the country whose road map is provided through the Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan (RESP) 2013-2022, accelerating electricity access through the recently commissioned Electricity Connection Policy (2018-2017), increased generation to ensure adequate electricity supply and energy efficiency initiatives in both supply and consumption, are some of the efforts that the Agency is undertaking.
The Agency has also developed master plans for various service territories that will go a long way in supporting the national and international clean energy agenda which include; vision 2040 that aims at 80% access to clean energy for all and the UN initiative of clean energy access for all by 2030.
These master plans present 13 different business plans for the 13 service territories with an expected cover of approximately 12,700 kms with 1.3 million connections expected at an investment cost of about USD 1,000,000,000 within the next four years (2018-2022).
These if well implemented, will contribute to the projected achievement of 60% electricity access in the next 10 years (by 2022).
These initiatives are core pillars and drivers for Social economic transformation that stimulate industrialization, job creation, improved livelihoods and enhanced social services provision.
Prior to the programme, Uganda’s rural sector had been almost entirely in the dark without electricity leading to its economic retardation, plunging the economy into unequal development and massive rural urban migration.
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has been at the forefront of creating opportunities for prosperity and promoting improved quality of life through increasing access to electricity for Ugandans. By so doing, commitments that promote electricity infrastructure support industrialization, universal access to affordable and reliable modern energy have been undertaken.