PAKWACH. The beneficiaries of EMYOOGA Presidential initiative in Pakwach district have asked government to provide constant power so as to ease their work.

The group mainly undertaking metal fabrication, restaurant and saloon businesses said the unreliable power supply in the region has deprived them of opportunities to expand their businesses.

Mr Muzamil Nasuru, a beneficiary and the proprietor of Unimeg Mechanical workshop in Pakwach town council said his work hours have drastically reduced due to the unreliable power supply in the area.

"I used to work for 18 hours in a day but because of the inadequate power supply, I’m forced to work for only 7 hours in a day and that has affected my progress so much,” Nasuru said.

He added that the problem is likely to affect most of the people set to benefit from the recently launched Presidential initiative on wealth and job creation at household levels.

Nasuru urged the government to expedite the process of connecting the region to the national grid to enable constant power production.

Ms Margaret Omach Awoko, the representative of restaurant owners in Pakwach town said they have not been spared by the power outages as most of their customers have deserted hotels due to lack of cold drinks.

She appealed to the district leaders to put their differences aside and fight for the connection of the region to the national grid.

"Let our leaders feed the President with the truth about our power situation because we are really suffering down here. I know when Museveni gets the truth, he will work on the power problem in the region,” she said.

During the launch of the Presidential initiative on wealth and job creation in Arua on Tuesday, different leaders in West Nile piled pressure on the state minister for energy, Eng. Simon D’Janga to explain why the region is in constant power blackout.

In response, D’Janga urged the people of West Nile to be patient, saying power is soon coming to the region.

"In between 9 to 10 months to come, transmission lines will be in place," he said.