Govt. impressed with works at Kariba power project

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Government is impressed with the on-going expansion works at the Kariba North Bank Expansion power project.


Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Yamfya Mukanga who toured the project yesterday called for the speedy completion of the project.


Mr. Mukanga said people are in a hurry to see improved and consistent power supply as they are tired of the rationing of power which they have being subjected to for a long time.


He urged the contractor to work tirelessly to see to it that the project was completed within schedule in order for people in the country to enjoy reliable and uninterrupted power supply.


Mr. Mukanga said Government has a lot of other projects it wants to embark on and the timely completion of existing projects gives the state the opportunity to start implementing other projects.


He noted that more jobs will also be created through such projects, adding that Government is committed to creating sustainable employment for its people.


He said Government is on course to create the much needed employment as it has put in place measures and programmes to ensure this is achieved.


The Minister further stated that Government is committed to executing projects which speak for themselves and that Government is ready to provide additional finances to help the Zambia Electricity and Supply Corporation (ZESCO) to execute power projects.


And ZESCO Managing Director Cyprian Chitundu said his Company was undertaking several projects to overcome the challenge of load shedding.


Mr. Chitundu said the Kariba North Bank extension project which is expected to be completed by November will boost another 100 mega watt of power to the national grid.


He said the power utility Company was looking to a day when it would supply uninterrupted power to the citizenry consistently.


Mr. Chitundu urged Zambians to join hands with ZESCO to overcome challenges the Company was facing in supplying power to the citizenry instead of just being arm chair critics.


And Mr. Chitundu said the Company was saving the country huge sums of money through the implementation of rehabilitation and extension projects instead of building new power projects.