Electricity supply is a catalyst for economic growth - Pohamba

18 Mar 2014 17:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 18 MAR (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Tuesday urged regional electricity distributors in the country to continue supplying electricity to the people for industrial and domestic consumption.
Pohamba was speaking here during the official inauguration of the new headquarters of the Central Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored).
The Head of State said the official inauguration of the Cenored head office in Otjiwarongo is a visible sign of economic growth in the Otjozondjupa Region.
“The supply and availability of reliable electricity to the people is one of the critical catalysts for economic activities in the country,” he said.
Pohamba explained that it is important for the country to continue investing in the development of infrastructure in order to effect improvements in the administration, management and supply of electricity for the nation.
He further urged all regional electricity distributors like the Northern Regional Electricity Distributors (Nored), Cenored and the Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor (Erongo Red) to upgrade their electricity sub stations so as to meet the growing demand of electricity distribution in the country.
He commended Cenored for electrifying more than 5 000 low-income households and informal settlements at Outjo, Otavi, Grootfontein, Tsumeb, Okakarara and Otjiwarongo.
The President also expressed his satisfaction with the National Energy Fund that availed a grant worth N.dollars 15 million to Cenored in 2013, to ensure that the company was able to electrify more urban areas under its operations.
He urged Cenored to continue expanding and improving its service delivery to the people in order to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
The chairman of Cenored’s Board of Directors, Simson Haulofu said the company’s new building complex in Otjiwarongo was built at a cost of over N.dollars 13 million.
He said Cenored was established in 2005 to distribute electricity to all the towns that are situated in the central parts of Namibia like Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Khorixas, Outjo, Kamanjab, Otavi and Okakarara.
Haulofu said the towns that are being supplied with electricity by Cenored are the shareholders in the company.
The Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali and the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of NamPower Paulinus Shilamba and the Electricity Control Board (ECB) Siseho Simasiku also attended the inauguration of the new Cenored headquarters.