The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) will spend approximately US$770, 000 on electrifying 165 public and social institutions in four selected districts of Zambia under the Sustainable Solar Marketing Packages programme (SSMP).
The contract for undertaking works in Lundazi district of Eastern Province, Chama district of Muchinga Province and Mwinilunga district of North Western Province under lots one, two and four respectively have been awarded to Trans-Africa Supply Services.
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony with Trans-Africa Supply Services in Lusaka today, REA Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Musonda strongly urged the contractor to expeditiously and prudently execute the works on the lots the company has been awarded.
Mr. Musonda said the authority will not accept anything below the quality and time schedules stipulated in the contract documents.
He has since thanked the World Bank for providing both financial and technical support for the implementation of the SSMP programme in the country.
He hoped REA and the Bank will continue to collaborate on the rural electrification programme in Zambia.
Mr. Musonda has also stated that the SSMP programme for 2015 will involve electrification of classrooms, teachers’ houses, rural health centres, staff houses, local courts and other public facilities in the selected project districts.
And Trans-Africa Supply Services Technical Director Keith Bomera assured that his company will implement the project within the stipulated timeframe.
Mr. Bomera disclosed that the company will start the delivery of the equipment in January adding that installation will commence immediately after REA has inspected the equipment.
He said his company has enough experience to ensure expeditious implementation of the project.
Meanwhile, the contract for lot three of the SSMP projects in Zambezi district of North Western Province has been awarded to Katench International (Jiangxi) Company Limited.
This contract has however not yet been signed.