Uganda’s state minister for finance in charge of investment and privatisation, Evelyn Anite, stressed the need for the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL) to increase its efforts in generating more power to meet the needs of the country.
According to New Vision, Anite said this on Thursday during a handover ceremony of the old board chairperson Dr Stephen Robert Isabalija, who was appointed permanent secretary ministry of energy and mineral development to the new board chairperson Eng. Proscovia Margaret Njuki who was serving on the board.
The minister said: "We need enough power to run factories. There is enough power generation today to prevent black outs. But the challenge now is distribution and transmission.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Isabalija said: "I am handing over without having been arrested. Some board chairmen have been arrested. I urge management to continue working with the board. A management that does not work with the board is a disaster. Learn to create consensus during board meetings.”
He explained that he has an open door policy to his office and his commitment was to serve, New Vision reported.
"People should not let offices get into their heads. I am PS (permanent secretary) to do work. I occupy office of the PS. Tomorrow someone will sit in this office. Some people make offices personal. Some people lock offices, drawers so others do not get in," he noted.
Njuki expressed her commitment to increase the electricity generation capacity of the country to support industrial growth and meet domestic consumption needs.
According to Njuki, there are various large-scale hydropower projects under construction and many small-scale hydropower projects have been tabled.
New Vision highlighted: “The National Development Plan sets a projected target of increasing electricity consumption per capita from 75 kWh/Capita to 1,273 kWh/Capita (2020) and this requires an additional 8,200MW in installed capacity. The current national installed generation capacity is 850MW. The access to electricity currently stands at 20%.”
Njuki said that negotiations were on going with KFW (a German government-owned development bank, based in Frankfurt) for a grant to undertake studies to assess the damage and repair needed on the Nalubaale Power Station (Owen Falls Dam).
Media noted that Njuki acknowledged the need to support protection of the environment, which is essential in supplying water for the dams to generate power.