Straight Talk Calls for Condom Distribution in Vocational Colleges

In an initiative to effectively optimize energy consumption in the country, this site the Government of Uganda through the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has launched a programme to distribute super energy saving LED bulbs to domestic electricity users.

The programme that is being implemented by energy distributor UMEME will see every household with an Umeme account receive three LED bulbs in exchange for their current incandescent and energy saver bulbs.

In addition to lasting until 2030, ampoule the three bulbs will reduce lighting costs per year by over 50 percent versus energy savers and over 85 percent versus incandescent bulbs.

Speaking at the launch of the project on Tuesday in Kampala, the Minister of Energy, Hon Irene Muloni stated; “Our mandate is to improve accessibility to energy so that ultimately all Ugandans have access to electricity. To achieve this we have established various potential energy resources in the country.”

She added: “But also crucial to our strategy is managing the consumption and the newest lighting technology, the LED bulbs that we will be distributing from July 6th 2015, will reduce electricity consumption due to lighting by up to 85 percent. I would therefore like to appeal to all electricity consumers in Uganda to migrate from the incandescent and CFL technology to LED by embracing this new technology.”

Officials said the new super energy saving LED bulbs will provide a better quality of light, reduce lighting costs by up to 85 percent and last up to 15 years.

They are also environmentally friendly (do not contain mercury like the current energy savers).

Dr. Benon Mutambi, the Chief Executive Officer, Electricity of Regulatory Authority said the distribution of less energy consuming LED bulbs “that we are launching today as part of the wider Demand Side Management strategy offers an excellent solution that enables utilities to match the supply and demand for electricity, manage short to medium term network constraints, while postponing the requirement for the costly additional generation which has an impact on the end user tariff.”


He encouraged electricity consumers to use this government offer of free LEDs to acquire more LEDs and replace the inefficient energy savers and incandescent bulbs in their premises.

The Managing Director UMEME, Mr. Selestino Babungi said that the distribution process will start in on July 6th within Kampala and its suburbs specifically starting with Kampala South.

He, crucially, called for the public’s cooperation to ensure an efficient execution of the three month exercise.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the Government of Uganda for spear heading this imperative initiative to reduce our energy consumption and I recognize the pivotal role played by the Ministry of Energy and the Electricity Regulator ERA in ensuring we get to this day,” said Babungi.

“It is now our hope that all our customers will embrace this initiative and over time convert all their home and office lighting to the LED technology. I am confident that with a 15 year lifeline per bulb we shall all realize significant savings on our monthly electricity bills,” he added.
In a bid to reduce teenage pregnancy and high level of school drop-outs of the girl child, try Straight Talk Foundation Uganda has appealed to administrations of higher institutions of learning to provide enough awareness about the use of condoms and other birth control methods to students.

This was said during a debate where the foundation met and engaged with students from several vocational institutes in the country at Kati Kati Restaurant in Kampala under the theme; “Should institutions of higher learning start giving out condoms and other birth control methods at campus?”

Students from Higher Institutions of learning attending a straight talk foundation debate

“With the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies in the country, ampoule we find it necessary for higher institutions of learning to educate students on controlling unwanted pregnancies,” noted Susan Ajok,Straight Talk Foundation Executive Director.

Ajok said that engaging students is necessary since they are a group that seems to be at liberty to lead their lives the way they want and living on un informed decisions is fatal to their future and career in life.

“They are a liberty to be sexually active, engage in cross generation sex and campus is such a free environment that if not given alternatives, they might live miserable lives,” Ajok observed.

Ajok emphasized that there is nothing wrong making condoms and contraceptives available for students as long as they are used wisely.

According to the Baseline Study for the youth enterprise model project of June 2013, 14 % of young females have become pregnant while 26 % of the males have ever made a girl pregnant and only 39 % of these are not married.

The study further indicates that 28 % of the Vocational training college’ youths have had unprotected sex with more than one partner placing them at a risk of HIV and unplanned pregnancy as only 34 % and 36 % reported using a contraceptive or a condom respectively during their last sexual encounter.

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