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Power For All Report Pinpoints Policies To Accelerate Energy Access

A ground-breaking report recently released by Power for All identifies the five most important national energy policies needed to end electricity poverty for approximately 1 billion rural poor (mostly living in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia), and outlines the steps governments can take to implement those policies, in particular the integration of decentralized renewable (also known as distributed or “off-grid”) solutions into energy infrastructure planning and build-out.

The report centers on new quantitative and qualitative analysis from the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK) -- a joint project between the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), University of California, Berkeley and the Power for All campaign. PEAK examined the policies of five high-growth decentralized renewable energy (DRE) markets -- India and Bangladesh in Asia, and Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia in Africa -- to identify trends in energy policy that will help other countries replicate success.

In order to measure progress, the report also unveils an Energy Access Target Tracker (EATT), which for the first time indexes the 48 energy-poorest countries and their national energy access targets, and determines which are best prepared to achieve universal electrification and which are not. Currently, almost two-thirds of the countries lack a rural energy access target. The 48 countries together account for 540 million rural unelectrified, more than half of the global total.

A 2016 report by Power for All concluded that ending energy poverty by 2030 -- the focus of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 -- can only be achieved for the rural poor by accelerating investment in decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions such as mini-grids and rooftop solar.

The new report, titled “Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress”, builds on those findings, with a focus on the need for policy leadership alongside increased access to finance. The analysis of the high-growth DRE markets identified key policy levers that have resulted in success. Those five policies are:

  • Reduction of import duties and tariffs on DRE related products
  • Support for the availability of local finance through loans and grants and microfinance
  • Establishment of energy access targets or national commitments to electrification
  • Establishment of rural electrification plans or programs that incorporate DRE
  • Technical regulation through established licensing procedures for mini-grid operators and through adoption of quality standards for products and services

But more than just identifying what policies are behind rapid rural energy access, the new report also addresses how to get there, by making key three recommendations on policy implementation and process, including:

Setting the target: include decentralized renewables in national policies and rural electrification plans

Ending the implementation gap: institute decentralized energy in integrated energy planning so that grid extension, mini-grids, and standalone systems are given equal consideration

Instituting collaborative policy design: DRE multi-stakeholder-led policy-making that includes government, private sector, funding and civil society actors

“Decentralized renewable energy is the key to unlocking SDG 7, and this report not only identifies the policies necessary to jumpstart that process, but for the first time outlines specific actions that help national governments successfully implement these policies,” said Rebekah Shirley, Power for All research director and co-author of the new report. “Energy access is possible, but only with political will and leadership at the national level.”

Turning its Call to Action into tangible results, Power for All recently hosted multi-stakeholder meetings in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, where governments, civil society and the private sector responded with clear commitments to accelerate energy access via DRE.

Mohammed Wasaram, managing director of Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA) pledged that his organization would “continue to uphold its mandate to ensure the facilitation of entry of new market participants and continued development of local rural electrification ventures. REA recognizes the efforts of the Power for All initiative and commends them for serving as an organized focal point for such market participants in renewable energy and will continue to support such initiatives."

 

African Utility Week To Showcase Home-Grown Energy Solutions

The award-winning African Utility Week taking place from 16-18 May in Cape Town, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry suppliers alike.

Experts from respected partners in the industry such as the World Bank, KPMG, Power Africa, Huawei, GE, Shell, SAP and leading African utilities will head up the more than 7000 power and water professionals from more than 80 countries, including 30 African nations, who will gather for African Utility Week.

But this year also kick-starts a specific focus on a new trend in the industry: namely smaller, community scale off-grid projects that are starting to make a real difference in the development of the continent.

Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, says the power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change. He adds that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the fast development of energy storage, renewable energy is becoming cheaper, gas that is an increasingly attractive mode of power generation in Africa, and that in the next 10 years, nuclear will become an increasingly important mode of base-load power generation.”

The investment, trade and development opportunities in the sub-Saharan African electricity sector are estimated at $835 billion of capital investment, $490 billion for generation capacity and $345 billion for infrastructure.

Alongside the long-running African Utility Week, a new platform for community scale projects, Energy Revolution Africa, will be launched in May this year to provide a unique forum for solution providers to meet with the new energy purchasers such as metros and municipalities, IPPs, rural electrification project developers and large power users, including mines, commercial property developers and industrial manufacturers.

The latest innovations and projects in the sectors of renewables, future technology, energy efficiency, micro/off-grid and energy storage will be showcased.

Speaker highlights at African Utility Week include:

  • Lionel Zinsou, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Benin, member of the West African Energy Leaders Group and investment banker.
  • Matshela Koko, Acting CEO, Eskom, South Africa.
  • Lazarus Angbazo, President and CEO of GE Energy Connections SSA.
  • James Stewart, Global Head of Major Projects (Power and Utilities), KPMG.
  • Bob Lockhart, Vice President of Cyber Security of the Utilities Technology Council.
  • Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director for Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), USA.
  • Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Lucio Monari, Sector Manager for Africa Energy Group, World Bank.

Solar Outpaces Wind For New Power Capacity

Global renewable energy generation capacity increased by 161 gigawatts (GW) in 2016, making the strongest year ever for new capacity additions, according to data released recently by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2017 estimates that by the end of last year the world’s renewable generation capacity reached 2,006 GW, with solar energy showing particularly strong growth.

“We are witnessing an energy transformation taking hold around the world, and this is reflected in another year of record breaking additions in new renewable energy capacity,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “This growth in deployment emphasizes the increasingly strong business case for renewables which also have multiple socio-economic benefits in terms of fueling economic growth, creating jobs and improving human welfare and the environment. But accelerating this momentum will require additional investment in order to move decisively towards decarbonising the energy sector and meet climate objectives. This new data is an encouraging sign that though there is much yet to do, we are on the right path,” Mr. Amin added.

IRENA’s new data shows that last year’s additions grew the world’s renewable energy capacity by 8.7 per cent, with a record 71 GW of new solar energy leading the growth. 2016 marked the first time since 2013 that solar growth outpaced wind energy, which increased by 51 GW, while hydropower and bioenergy capacities increased 30 GW and 9 GW respectively —the best ever year for growth in bioenergy capacity. Geothermal energy capacity increased by just under 1 GW.

Asia accounted for 58 per cent of new renewable additions in 2016, according to the data, giving it a total of 812 GW or roughly 41 per cent of the global capacity. Asia was also the fastest growing region, with a 13.1 per cent increase in renewable capacity. Africa installed 4.1 GW of new capacity in 2016, twice as much as 2015.

This year’s edition of Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics contains for the first time data specifically for off-grid renewables. IRENA shows that off-grid renewable electricity capacity reached 2,800 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2016. Roughly 40 per cent of off-grid electricity was provided by solar energy and 10 per cent from hydropower. The majority of the remainder came from bioenergy. It is estimated that globally as many as 60 million households, or 300 million people, are served with and benefit from off-grid renewable electricity.

Highlights by technology:

Hydropower: In 2016, about half of new hydro capacity was installed in Brazil and China (14.6 GW in total). Other countries with major hydro expansion (over 1 GW) included: Canada; Ecuador; Ethiopia and India.

Wind energy: Almost three-quarters of new wind energy capacity was installed last year in just four countries: China (+19 GW); USA (+9 GW); Germany (+5 GW); and India (+4 GW). Brazil continued to show strong growth, with an increase of 2 GW in 2016.

Bioenergy: The majority of bioenergy capacity expansion occurred in Asia last year (+5.9 GW) and Asia is fast approaching Europe in terms of its share of global bioenergy capacity (32 per cent compared to 34 per cent in Europe). Europe (+1.3 GW) and South America (+0.9 GW) were the other two regions where bioenergy capacity expanded significantly.

Solar energy: Asia saw the most growth in solar capacity last year, with capacity of 139 GW (+50 GW). Almost half of all new solar capacity was installed in China in 2016 (+34 GW). Other countries with significant expansion included: USA (+11 GW); Japan (+8 GW) and India (+4 GW). Capacity in Europe expanded by 5 GW to reach 104 GW, with most expansion occurring in Germany and the UK.

Geothermal energy: Geothermal power capacity increased by 780 MW in 2016, with expansions in Kenya (+485 MW), Turkey (+150 MW), Indonesia (+95 MW) and Italy (+55 MW).

Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2017 offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible figures on renewable energy capacity statistics. It includes figures from 2000 to 2016, and contains data from more than 200 countries and territories.

 

Morocco To Add Voice To Africa Energy Discourse

At the Powering Africa: Summit which took place in Washington DC from 9-10 March, Morocco’s ONEE presented their Gas to Power Programme and MASEN discussed their sustainable energy programme under the leadership of Mustapha Bakkoury, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Both organisations are clearly focused on a broader role within Africa carrying with them the potential of building physical energy links between the continent and Europe. The support of the Ministry at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) this year underlines the commitment from the Kingdom of Morocco to explore energy partnerships with Europe and hasten the pace of foreign direct investment in Morocco.

AEF is set to bring 2,000 participants to Copenhagen this June for the annual gathering for government ministers, heads of utilities, project developers and global investors driving forward the development of Africa’s energy projects.

Other recent confirmations include H.E. Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia, Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Government of Denmark, Teresa Ribeiro, Secretary of State for Development, Government of Portugal, Hisham Sallam, Second Secretary – responsible for Economics and Energy, Government of Egypt, Mateus Magala, Chairman of the Board of Directors, EDM, William Amuna, Chief Executive Officer, GRIDCo, Ghana and Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, Chief Executive Officer of Volta River Authority in Ghana.

A new Platinum agenda stream will bring together senior level government officials with some of the world’s biggest investors in discussions on how to accelerate projects, whilst specific country sessions will explore the unique investment climates and priority projects for countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Organisers of the Forum EnergyNet will host a city boat cruise along the canals of Copenhagen and pre-Forum golf championship day to build additional networking opportunities into this annual business Forum.

Kaspersky Boosts Industrial CyberSecurity For Energy

Kaspersky Lab has announced the global availability of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy, a vertical advanced package for energy enterprises, based on Kaspersky Lab’s suite for protection of industrial infrastructure.

Modern electrical power grids are complex networks, with integrated automation and control functions. However, because they communicate through open protocols, they do not have sufficient built-in cybersecurity functions to combat the increasingly sophisticated range of security threats they face.

Kaspersky Lab’s recent report on industrial cybersecurity found that 92% of externally available industrial control system (ICS) devices use open and insecure Internet connection protocols.

Since 2010 the number of ICS-component vulnerabilities has also increased by a factor of 10, making these devices an easy and lucrative target for cybercriminals.

The challenge for energy companies is clear, with Ernst & Young’s most recent Global Information Security Survey revealing that 42% of power and utilities companies say it’s unlikely they would be able to detect a sophisticated attack.

Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (KICS) for Energy is dedicated to helping energy companies secure every layer of their industrial infrastructure, without impacting on the operational continuity and consistency of technological processes.

Kaspersky Lab’s solution protects SCADA level control centers and Substation Automation Systems on every level: upper level of automation including Servers, HMI, Gateways, Engineering workstations. Secondary automation equipment: Protection relays, Bay Controllers, Merging units, RTU and other substation bus and process bus IED and overall network infrastructure.

The solution provides a variety of advanced technologies to protect industrial nodes (including servers, HMI, Gateways and Engineering workstations) and network infrastructure.

The latter offers network monitoring and integrity checking with the capability of deep application protocol inspection (including IEC 60870-5-104, IEC 61850, and other standards and protocols for electric power infrastructures).

“Electrical power equipment automation, control and protection are no longer handled by closed systems and, as things stand, detecting a potential threat is extremely difficult, both technically and organisationally,” said Andrey Suvorov, Head of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Kaspersky Lab.

“That’s why energy enterprises need to bolster their defences to combat increasingly prevalent cyberattacks and avoid the nightmare scenario of complete loss of service and the impact that would have on citizens and society in general.”

Alexander Golubev, Chief IT Security Officer at Electrical Distribution Network Northwest Federal District, Rosseti, commented that being one of the major operators of electric grids in Russia, it is very important to ensure uninterrupted operations, including those caused by cyberattacks on IT infrastructure.

“A large number of our subsidiaries has been using Kaspersky Lab’s solutions for a long time, as they allow them to effectively detect and block all types of cybersecurity threats in a timely manner. As a result of this positive experience, we are evaluating the option to extend cooperation to the field of industrial security. The test deployment of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy on one of our substations has become the first important step in this direction”.

Countries Join Forces to Accelerate Global Energy Transition

Ministers and representatives from frontrunner countries in energy transition met on the sidelines of the Berlin Energy Transition dialogue to discuss the urgency for the world to move onto a trajectory of sustainable low carbon economic growth while meeting increasing global energy demand and addressing climate change. They also emphasized that the technologies and business models to do so are available today.

At the meeting, ministers and high-level representatives from China, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates, agreed to work together to establish an Energy Transition Coalition in the course of this year for accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy future.

The Coalition will assemble countries leading in developing long term energy transition strategies to foster investments in a low carbon energy sector. Ensuring increased investor certainty for low carbon economic growth by developing energy transition strategies will be at the heart of the Energy Transition Coalition.

“Few people would have imagined the scale and pace of the energy transition which we are witnessing today. Renewable energy deployment has considerably expanded thanks to reduced costs and record new investments in power generation from renewables.

Energy efficiency is picking up and we see important synergies emerging with renewable energy. Many countries are proving that the ongoing energy transition in fact has multiple positive social, economic and environmental impacts,” said International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z Amin. “By working together, we can hasten the transition to a sustainable energy future,” he added.

“Today, our energy landscape is under a fundamental transition, driven by the emergency of new energy technologies, and the need for global carbon emission reduction. The development of the future world energy system should be moving in the direction of green, low-carbon and smart technologies," said Mr. Nur Bekri, Administrator of China’s National Energy Administration.

“The energy transition is a huge chance for further economic growth in our countries. We will set the right framework for new business models and start ups to modernize our energy systems. The coalition countries are frontrunners with political experience.

We will make use of the political momentum that is accompanying international energy discussions since some years. We are looking forward to joining forces with all interested countries to accelerate the global energy transition,” highlighted Mrs. Brigitte Zypries, German Minister of Economic Affairs an Energy.

Recalling the Suzhou Declaration of the International Forum on Energy Transition, which calls for enhanced international co-operation for accelerating the energy transition, the ministers and high-level representatives agreed to work towards establishing an Energy Transition Coalition of high ambition countries, supported by IRENA, which would enable the sharing of expertise, exchange of best practices, and development of innovative approaches to accelerate power sector transformation through integrating higher shares of renewable energy in energy supply and energy use and improving energy efficiency.

The Coalition will maximize the use of existing platforms and collaborate with all relevant international organisations to promote the exchange of information on issues such as optimal transition pathways, enabling technologies, financing and enabling policy frameworks.

 

GE’s Fuel-Flexible Power Plant Brings Vital Energy Boost To Ghana

GE, the world’s premier digital industrial company, today announced the order of a 200MW combined-cycle power plant to be operated by Amandi Energy Ltd in Aboadze, Ghana.

The plant will help to add reliable and efficient capacity to the grid to tackle Ghana’s increasing demand for power. The plant’s construction will be overseen by Metka, a leading international engineering contractor.

This turnkey plant will be powered by GE’s 9E.04 gas turbine with tri-fuel capabilities. Initially fueled by light crude oil, the switch will be made to indigenous gas from Ghana’s offshore Sankofa natural gas field once available. 

“GE’s fuel capabilities are unmatched. Having a turbine that is able to switch between fuels can provide increased plant operability allowing for power generation months before the indigenous gas supply would otherwise be available,” said Boaz Lavi, GM for Amandi Energy Ltd, Ghana. “This is crucial in helping Ghana meet its growing power needs.”

GE will also provide the steam turbine, heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), associated balance of plant, and 7-year CSA. Once operational, the 200 MW plant will be one of the most efficient power plants in the country and will generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than one million Ghanaian homes.

“Our customers have complex fuel needs, and this project illustrates the breadth of solutions we are able to deliver to meet their expectations,” said Leslie Nelson, GM Gas Power Systems at GE Power in Sub-Saharan Africa, “We are pleased that our strong regional presence allows us to get power to our customers, like Amandi Energy, quickly and efficiently."

The rugged 9E can burn more than 50 types of fuels and can switch between natural gas, distillate and heavy fuel oil while operating under full load. GE’s 9E.04 has multiple features that help reduce fuel costs and increase revenue, such as a 145 MW output and 37 percent efficiency in simple-cycle. GE has more than 3,000 E-class turbines installed throughout the world with 143 million combined operating hours. 

GE works with the government, corporate customers and other stakeholders in Ghana to support economic growth through infrastructure development in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. In 2014, GE opened a 200-capacity permanent office in Accra, and now has over 80 employees - 95% of which are Ghanaians.  

 GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources.

PRESS RELEASE

Eskom Uganda Celebrates Women’s Day With Jinja Homeless Kids

As Uganda joined the rest of the world to acknowledge women’s contributions to workplace, families and societies at large,Eskom Uganda dedicated the day for its female staff members to reach out to an orphanage home in Njeru.

With this year’s theme being Be Bold for Change Eskom female staff visited a charity home owned by Margaret Gonza who takes care of severalhomeless children in Jinja.

Eskom Women donated gifts which included Mosquito nets, Mattresses and Blankets to help add value to the work Margaret is doing with the children.The female staff also dedicated their time to help clean up the home and share good moments with the children.

Speaking during the out-reach, Eskom Managing Director Thozama Gangi said the outreach was in line with Eskom’s commitment to continue making a difference in the lives of ordinary people, and also to ensure their wellbeing is improved.

 “We as Eskom female staff fee extremely proud to express solidarity with a woman who opened her doors to the homeless.Mrs. Margaret Gonza has demonstrated to us that even amid misery, lack of hope and absolute poverty, there can still be love for humanity and sacrifice to make life better for others. She has singlehandedly positioned herself as a beacon of hope for the homeless children in this area” said Thozama.

Thozama further noted, “We are delighted to be here to show appreciation to a very charitable individual who God has picked to reach out to the homeless children in this community”.

Eskom Uganda believes in adding value to the lives of local communities and hence it has over the last 13 years invested in environmental upgrade, sports sponsorship, health and education especially in Busoga region.

The celebrations were crowned with a dinner at Nile Resort Hotel for Eskom female staff where Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako Ag. CEO Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) gave a motivational talk.  Eng. Tibalwa expounded on the need for women to be resilient at their workplaces to remain relevant in today’s fast paced world where technological evolution is taking the centre stage.

She called on women to rise and equip themselves with all the available knowledge through appropriate channels and take their place at the table of decision making.

 

African Renewable Energy Projects To Compete For $7m

Access Power a developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets and a Power Africa partner, has announced the launch of ACF 2017, the third edition of the highly successful funding and support platform for renewable energy projects in Africa. The official opening of the submissions process was announced today at the Power Africa Annual Partners Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Now in its third year, the ACF is an innovative US$7 million financial support mechanism designed to provide local power project developers and originators with project development support, technical experience, expertise and funding required to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

ACF 2017 aims to further build on the success of the previous two years where a total of five projects passed the final round of selection and three projects successfully executed joint development agreements with Access Power.

This year’s finalists will once again be evaluated and scored by an independent panel of industry experts comprised of senior representatives from Power Africa, InfraCo Africa, Proparco, the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and Access Power who will provide Access Power with recommendations on the commercial, technical, social and environmental viability of each project based on a host of market, regulatory, environmental and economic factors.

The winners of ACF 2017 will be announced during a live final evaluation panel on June 7th 2017 during the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen. The top three finalists will subsequently enter into direct Joint Development Agreement (JDA) discussions with Access Power.

  • Once these are successfully concluded, Access Power will take an equity stake in those projects and commence independently funding their third-party development costs such as feasibility studies, grid studies, environmental and social impact assessments and due diligence fees

    Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman, Access Power said ACF will draw on a wider communication platform – enabling them to reach a bigger network of innovative and pioneering entrepreneurs across Africa with the opportunity to develop their ambitious ideas into tangible projects.

    “Last year was another highly successful year for the competition as we received nearly 100 submissions from over 25 countries across the full spectrum of renewable technologies, a 75 percent increase on the previous edition. This is a chance to shine a spotlight on ideas and showcase talent. We are delighted to see the competition develop as word spreads about the possibilities it can bring.”

    Power Africa is a U.S. government-led initiative coordinating 12 U.S. government agencies and a diverse coalition of more than 140 public and private sector partners, including bilateral and multilateral development partners.

    Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz stated that the ACF is an exciting concept, “and we are delighted to see Access Power’s efforts to transform power delivery and access across Africa. The ACF demonstrates how Power Africa’s private sector partners are working to help accelerate progress towards our shared goals of increasing new electricity generation capacity and increasing household and business connections in Sub-Saharan Africa.” 

    The ACF 2017 application form and guidelines are available on Access Power website http://www.access-power.com/. The submission period runs from March to May, 2017.The ACF 2017 is a financial support mechanism designed to provide local developers and entrepreneurs with the technical expertise and funding required to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

More details  

  • Applications for the ACF 2017 will open in March 2017.
  • The submission period runs from March to May, 2017.
  • An independent judging panel will include industry and legal experts as well as representatives from multilateral development banks.
  • Following a pre-selection process, a shortlist of applicants will be chosen to present their projects to a panel of judges at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen, June 2017 (http://africa-energy-forum.com/).
  • Applicants must present their projects to the judging panel during the Forum within a given time and take questions from panel members.
  • Panel members will score each project based on the evaluation criteria, using weighted percentages.
  • The winners will enter a Joint Development Agreement with Access Power, which will take an equity stake in the winning projects and fund third-party development costs such as feasibility studies, grid studies, environmental and social impact assessments and due diligence fees. Access Power will also provide technical support, financial structure and development process management.
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Eskom Uganda hands over refurbished School

Eskom Uganda this week handed over the newly refurbished Njeru Primary School to the School’s management and Njeru district officials. At the close of 2016, Eskom embarked on a facelift project to give a whole new look to the dilapidated School.

Njeru Primary School is a government school under the Ministry of Education and Sports and was started in 1960. It was previously located in the present day Nalubaale power station but later relocated to pave way for construction of the then Owen falls dam to Njeru village, where its presently located.

The School was dilapidated with broken windows and roofed with asbestos roofing materials which is said to be a Health risk for the pupils.

Eskom Uganda, the generating company running the Nalubale and Kiira power stations injected 110 million Uganda shillings to reinstate the lost glory of the School which faded away with the reduced number of children currently standing at 400.

Speaking during the ceremony to officially hand over the renovated School, the Managing Director Eskom Uganda, Thozama Gangi noted that the renovation of the block is the first phase and the second phase will include fencing of the school, installation of proper electricity supply, water harvesting, renovation of staff housing and a computer lab.

“We are in a changing world with fast moving technology we should not live the children behind. We are looking for partners who will join us to create a conducive learning environment for the children in Njeru primary school” said Thozama.

She further said that Eskom is evaluating ways on how to help the parents by finding innovative ways to utilize the available land so that they may be able to feed their children hence motivating them.” This will end the debate on whether it’s the government or the parents to feed the UPE children” Thozama concluded.

The Guest of honour Dr. Mukasa Lusambu, Assistant Commissioner for Primary Education, Ministry of Education and Sports urged the School management to enforce equitable education on the young scholars to make them competitive at national level.

Dr. Lusambu said the renovation of this School will enable the teachers to better attend to the individual and special needs of the children. She emphasized the importance of education in building a strong and productive economy. “I hope when the whole project is complete, Njeru Primary School will be able to gain it’s lost glory and compete at the National level” he noted.

On his part, the Njeru Town Clerk Mr Kasajja Jamil Kailu hailed Eskom for the continued support extended to Njeru Municipality and the Primary School in particular. He noted that the renovation of the School, will attract and increase the number of school going children in Njeru Municipality and also create a conducive environment for the children to compete at National level.

Eskom Uganda Limited since inception in 2003 set out to engage in a number of Corporate Social investment programmes with the objective of enhancing the quality of life of the communities in which it operates. The programmes focus on selected areas of national priority, that’s to say, health care, education, environment conservation and safety practice/culture.

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