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City of Windhoek eyes electrification of 1000 households yearly in the informal areas

City of Windhoek eyes electrification of 1000 households yearly in the informal areas

The City of Windhoek (CoW) last week held an electrification commissioning ceremony in Otjomuise and Havana.

Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura Mcleod-Katjirua said the electrification that was being commissioned is not a new programme but the continuation of the well planned city informal settlement programme which they commissioned last year.

“I congratulate the City for resuming their development obligation with the same vigour and determination by demonstrating absolute consistency in the electrification programme,” she added.

According to the Governor this is also a sign of the City’s commitment to the policy of decentralisation of bringing services closer to the people.

“The process of bringing service closer to our vast population in the informal set up is a complicated task and can not be left on the shoulders of the City alone, because it is our collective obligation as development partners and strategic stakeholders in public service delivery to bring our part in this challenging course,” she emphasised.

She said hands should be joined with the city to mobilise the masses and encourage them to give their full cooperation to the City to make the process of the upgrading of the informal settlement easier and speedily achievable.

Her Worship Fransina Kahungu, Mayor of the City of Windhoek said they have invested N$14 million in the electrification of about 1000 houses in Otjomuise and Havana.

She also reminded residents of their civic duty to settle their monthly municipal bills on time.

“As a promise to our residents, our targets to electrify a minimum of 1000 households in the informal areas around Windhoek every year, under the 5-Year Electrification Plan, in order to contribute to the social progression and infrastructural development pillars of the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” she emphasised.

Guest Speaker, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, Minster of Urban and Rural Development said this is a positive response to the government’s drive to narrow imbalances in the development programmes rolled out to members of society.

“I would like to encourage the City to intensity these kind of projects, because only through this we, as a nation will be able to achieve prosperity for all our people,” he concluded.


 

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