OSHAKATI Premier Electric (OPE) has embarked on the rural electrification project which kicked off in Oshandumbala and is expected to continue into the next financial year when more rural areas will be serviced.
Other areas expected to be electrifying are Onawa, Onthingo and Emono.
Chief Executive Officer of OPE Nelson Sheya, said that the company started with pre-urban electrification back in 2001, whereby they invested N$30 million.
He however noted that the current plan for rural electrification will cost OPE about N$25 million.
According to Sheya, in 2016, OPE made a discovery that about 1 200 houses where not connected to the grid.
“Currently we have managed to connect a total of 1 000 households thus far, with N$7 million invested,” said Sheya.
He urged members of the community to listen to the safety officers at all times.
Speaking at the same occasion, Mayor of the Oshakati, Angelus Iiyambo, stated that bringing electricity to the community is part of development upliftment.
“The projected embarked on by OPE will be carried out for the period of five years to ensure that all people are connected to the grid and electrified,” said Iiyambo. The council mandated OPE to electrify the town.
According to him, it is only justifiable to allow residents of Oshandumbala, Othingo, Onawa, Onendongo villages to be inclusive of the project of which OPE has commission.
Iiyambo urge the residents of Oshakati, especially those in the neighboring villages to be patient as this project requires a lot of time, funds and labor to carry out.