His Excellency Yoweri K Museveni today in Arua City officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony for the 132kv Kole-Gulu-Nebbi-Arua transmission line, commissioned Electro-Maxx thermal power plant and also opened Joadah Consult, a value-addition processing factory.
The 132kV Kole-Gulu-Nebbi-Arua Transmission Project which will evacuate electricity from Karuma, Agago and Nyagak dams, will make electricity supply in West Nile more reliable and connect the region to the national grid.
On the other hand, Joadah Consults, run by Mr Joel Aita, will process 250,000kg of cereals per day. West Nile expects to reap Shs15 billion annually from this project which will involve 30,000 farmers who previously grew tobacco but have now changed to food crops, especially cereals.
With electricity supply to West Nile increasing and stabilising, more factories like Joadah will set up home in this sub-region, especially considering its proximity to markets of DR Congo and South Sudan.
”Some people had tried to politicise the issue of electricity supply to West Nile, reality was that government did not have enough money. However, as revenues improve, you can see that we are upgrading the infrastructure and it will get better,” Museveni said.
Museveni however appreciated the management of Electro-Maxx led by Mr Patrick Bitature, who have set up an 8MW thermal power plant in Arua. He said this will complement government’s efforts to power the region and industrialise it.