Drimiopsis households get electricity

19 Sep 2016 14:10pm
GOBABIS, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – The Central-North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) in partnership with the Omaheke Regional Council has electrified 73 households at Drimiopsis settlement in the Omaheke Region.
Drimiopsis is located some 40 kilometres (km) north of Gobabis in the Kalahari Constituency.
As per the agreement between the two institutions, each partner availed N.dollars 2 million to the project to bring the total cost of the initiative to N.dollars 4 million.
Officiating during the official commissioning ceremony at Drimiopsis on Thursday, Special Advisor to the Omaheke Regional Governor, Pijoo Nganate said the electrification of houses at the settlement will positively impact the community.
He said the provision of electricity to houses and streetlights to the settlement will make life easier for the approximately 2 000 residents who call the place home.
“People were afraid to walk after sunset or even use the bushes when nature calls, as everything becomes dark here. But now, with the provision of streets lights, such scenarios will be something of the past. I am also happy to see that school children, who have been struggling to study, will now be able to use the electricity to their advantage,” he said.
Nganate noted that electricity is no longer a luxury commodity but has become a vital requirement for the rolling out of development to any community.
He noted that the rapid growth in population at the settlement has necessitated the provision of electricity to more houses.
Nganate urged residents at the settlement to take advantage of the provision of electricity by initiating income-generating projects that will propel development at the settlement.
Prior to the latest commissioning of electricity on Thursday, only a few houses – mainly those made of bricks – were electrified.
A local community leader, Michael Kandorozu used the opportunity to warn against the abuse of electricity through illegal letting and distribution of the electricity.
“This is something that was given to us, as such we need to preserve and take good care of it so that we can all continue to benefit from it,” he noted.
Cenored Operation Area Manager, Gawie Awaseb assisted Nganate and other regional leadership to officially switch on the electricity at the end of the ceremony.
An unspecified number of households were also electrified at Tsjaka and Vergenoeg settlements in the same region during the same period.
Tsjaka is situated 50km south of Gobabis in the Kalahari Constituency, while Vergenoeg is located in the Otjombinde Constituency, about 100km east of Gobabis.