Serenje June 01/14, ZANIS – Government says it is still committed to improve the energy sector in the country. Serenje District Commissioner, Charles Mwelwa, says as a result , government was spending huge sums of money in the energy sector. Mr. Mwelwa said this was because government recognizes the importance of better development to the Zambian people. He said this when he officially opened Energy Regulation Board (ERB) one day stakeholders workshop held at Mapontela Lodge in Serenje yesterday.
Mr Mwelwa said government has embarked on extension and construction of power generation projects in order to address the challenges being faced in the sector. He disclosed that government is working hard through ZESCO to address the power deficit by extending the recent launched of 180MEGA WATTS phase one at Kariba North Bank.
He added that construction works at Itezhi-Tezhi hydro power station which is expected to add 120 MEGA WATTS to the national grid has reached an advanced stage. He further said that government is also facilitating the construction of two Thermal power stations in Sinazongwe including the Kafue Gorge power. Energy Regulation Board Senior Manager-Consumer Affairs ,Fred Hangandu, called for collaboration among the various departments in line ministries and other stakeholders if the fight against illegal fuel vending was to be realized. Mr Hagandu said government and ERB has done its best and will continue to do more in its quest to put in place a complaints handing mechanism to help resolve energy complaints. He added that the fight against illegal vending cannot be left to ERB and government alone but needed concerted efforts from all stakeholders.