by Peter Orengo
The battle to serve its people with electricity and sufficient energy continues in sub saharan Africa.
Most countries are faced with a huge electricity deficit. And projects have been devised to arrest the situation.
In Tanzania, the government of John Pombe Magufuli is focusing on the implementation of the Julius Nyerere hydropower project that will cost $3 billion.
A cabinet officials says the project is on course.
“Implementation of the project is going well and we hope that the project will be completed one month before the scheduled June 14, 2022,” Minister for Energy Medard Kalemani told members of the parliamentary standing committee on budget oversight in Morogoro.
The minister said the only challenge facing the implementation of the project was the ongoing rains but he was optimistic that infrastructure put in place will not derail construction works.
He said most of the construction materials were being ferried to the site by the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority, adding that a road from a railway station to the construction location was in good condition.
The official construction of the project aimed at promoting the country’s socioeconomic growth was launched by President John Magufuli in July 2019.