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  The Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has donated solar equipment to the Arua Regional Referral Hospital in a bid to support the hospital s dealing with rampant electricity shortages in the region The Speaker who was disheartened to learn that mothers have been dying in the hospital due to power shortages vowed to upgrade the maternity ward with solar power My office will install power in the Arua Regional Hospital especially in the maternity ward to help the doctors continue their work smoothly We really can t afford to have hospitals without electricity she said She among herself urged the Ministry of Energy to intervene urgently in the crisis saying that the government was not getting value for money from the projects I don t see value for money from the two service providers tasked with generating and distributing electricity on West Nile I want to see all stakeholders working tirelessly to resolve this issue once and for all Electro Maxx and WENRECO must fulfill their contractual obligations to the people of West Nile added Among She questioned how stakeholders got caught up in a blame game especially power generators and distributors who she said are using lack of fuel as a reason for poor service delivery She condemned their incompetence and tasked them with making sure the existing generators work The speaker made her donation while she was meeting with Citizens Action to Improve Service Delivery a group of West Nile petitioners led by Caleb Alaka The meeting held on Tuesday August 9 2022 in the Speakers Board Room was also attended by the West Nile Parliamentary Caucus officials from the Ministry of Energy power generation company ElectroMaxx and distributor WENRECO During the meeting the petitioners commissioned West Nile Rural Electrification Company WENRECCO and ElectroMaxx to speed up the process of connecting West Nile to the national grid and effectively provide affordable and reliable power This they argue would not only reduce the unnecessary loss of life at the Arua Regional Referral Hospital and due to insecurity but also reduce poverty accelerate industrial growth and ease the burden that young people place on the environment due to to idleness We decided to support this government and we voted overwhelmingly for it but it seems that someone wants to sabotage our support West Nile has never had reliable power We have had energy poverty and endured suffering as if we were not part of Uganda said Alaka Alaka described the situation in West Nile as dire and called for urgent government intervention noting the imminent decline in trade at the local and regional levels The Minister of State for Energy Hon Sidronius Okaasai assured the Spokesman that the ministry was working around the clock to deliver power to West Nile The solution is the massive delivery of energy to West Nile In fact West Nile is one of the highest priority regions in Uganda they have a lot of power demand and so we think they should have their own power generator he said He explained that there were problems with two turbines that he said are not able to operate recently due to low water Another turbine broke down and was moved to Nairobi and has just been returned It is now running at full capacity he added WENRECO General Manager Kenneth Kigumba said they have met their mandate to generate 3 5 megawatts from Nyagak However deputies and petitioners protested insisting that WENRECO only generates 1 7 megawatts Uganda adopted a strong industrialization policy in 2008 and supported industrial development as an integral part of the government s development strategy through the creation of industrial parks To address severe power shortages in the region a concession for the generation distribution and sale of electricity in West Nile was awarded in 2003 to West Nile Rural Electrification WENRECO for a period of 20 years
Speaker donates solar equipment to Arua Hospital

1 The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has donated solar equipment to the Arua Regional Referral Hospital in a bid to support the hospital’s dealing with rampant electricity shortages in the region.

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2 The Speaker, who was disheartened to learn that mothers have been dying in the hospital due to power shortages, vowed to upgrade the maternity ward with solar power.

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3 “My office will install power in the Arua Regional Hospital, especially in the maternity ward to help the doctors continue their work smoothly.

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4 We really can’t afford to have hospitals without electricity,” she said.

5 She among herself urged the Ministry of Energy to intervene urgently in the crisis saying that the government was not getting value for money from the projects.

6 “I don’t see value for money from the two service providers tasked with generating and distributing electricity on West Nile. I want to see all stakeholders working tirelessly to resolve this issue once and for all.

7 Electro Maxx and WENRECO must fulfill their contractual obligations to the people of West Nile,” added Among.

8 She questioned how stakeholders got caught up in a blame game, especially power generators and distributors who, she said, are using lack of fuel as a reason for poor service delivery.

9 She condemned their incompetence and tasked them with making sure the existing generators work.

10 The speaker made her donation while she was meeting with Citizens Action to Improve Service Delivery, a group of West Nile petitioners led by Caleb Alaka.

11 The meeting held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in the Speakers’ Board Room was also attended by the West Nile Parliamentary Caucus, officials from the Ministry of Energy, power generation company ElectroMaxx, and distributor WENRECO.

12 During the meeting, the petitioners commissioned West Nile Rural Electrification Company (WENRECCO) and ElectroMaxx to speed up the process of connecting West Nile to the national grid and effectively provide affordable and reliable power.

13 This, they argue, would not only reduce the unnecessary loss of life at the Arua Regional Referral Hospital and due to insecurity, but also reduce poverty, accelerate industrial growth, and ease the burden that young people place on the environment due to to idleness.

14 “We decided to support this government and we voted overwhelmingly for it, but it seems that someone wants to sabotage our support.

15 West Nile has never had reliable power.

16 We have had energy poverty and endured suffering as if we were not part of Uganda,” said Alaka.

17 Alaka described the situation in West Nile as dire and called for urgent government intervention, noting the imminent decline in trade at the local and regional levels.

18 The Minister of State for Energy, Hon. Sidronius Okaasai assured the Spokesman that the ministry was working around the clock to deliver power to West Nile. “The solution is the massive delivery of energy to West Nile. In fact, West Nile is one of the highest priority regions in Uganda; they have a lot of power demand and so we think they should have their own power generator,” he said.

19 He explained that there were problems with two turbines that he said are not able to operate recently due to low water.

20 “Another turbine broke down and was moved to Nairobi and has just been returned.

21 It is now running at full capacity,” he added.

22 WENRECO General Manager Kenneth Kigumba said they have met their mandate to generate 3.5 megawatts from Nyagak.

23 However, deputies and petitioners protested insisting that WENRECO only generates 1.7 megawatts.

24 Uganda adopted a strong industrialization policy in 2008 and supported industrial development as an integral part of the government’s development strategy through the creation of industrial parks.

25 To address severe power shortages in the region, a concession for the generation, distribution and sale of electricity in West Nile was awarded in 2003 to West Nile Rural Electrification (WENRECO) for a period of 20 years.

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