ADJUMANI. The various refugee settlements in the West Nile region are set to be connected to the national grid for steady and reliable power, officials have said.
Mr Titus Jogo, the refugee desk officer in the office of the Prime Minister (OPM) confirmed on Tuesday that the power will be extended to the camps by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).
According to Jogo, the plan is to first connect three refugee settlements of Pagirinya in Adjumani district, Bidibidi one zone in Yumbe and Imvepi refugee settlement in Arua district before extending it to other camps.
He said once the power is connected, all institutions like schools, health facilities, offices, and streets will be lit.
Jogo maintained that the development is one of the contributions from the government following the existence of refugees in the region.
He, however, urged refugees to cooperate with REA officials by allowing electric poles to pass through their small plots.
Mr James Leku, the Adjumani district chairman said REA officials have already visited the camps set to be connected to power and conducted the necessary survey in the area.
He also informed journalists that recently, the local leaders in refugee-hosting districts in West Nile together with the first deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali petitioned UNHCR and other government agencies on the need to connect all refugee settlements with power.
The refugee welfare councillor III of Pagirinya refugee settlement Mr Mark Draciri Aluzio confirmed that they received a team from REA who carried out the mapping of the area with a promise of connecting them to power before the end of this year.
Aluzio said the coming of electricity will be a very big boost especially in the area of improving security in the settlement as well as helping schools to print their own examinations.
He instead called upon the authorities to come on ground and sensitize the community about the coming of the electricity to avoid future challenges.
“I don’t know whether this electricity will be free of charge or we shall be paying for it and that is why, I want our leaders to come on ground and sensitize us on the coming of the power,” Aluzio stressed.
But Aluzio remained optimistic that once power is connected to the camps, it will improve the economic status of some of the refugees.