By Christopher Chisi
The government says the low access rate to electricity in rural areas is a matter of concern, considering that a majority of the Zambian population live in rural areas.
According to the Living Conditions and Monitoring Survey Report for 2015, the current access to electricity in rural areas is only 4.4 percent for grid extension and 7.8 percent for other sources such as solar energy.
And Ministry of Energy Director of Planning and Information Francesca Zyambo however, reiterates that government’s intention is to increase rural electricity access rate to 51, percent by 2030.
Speaking at the 2018 Rural Electrification Authority Media (Rea) Awards, held on the 20th February 2019, Zyambo who represented Minister of Energy David Mabumba says this can be achieved by relaying information on government strategies regarding the matter.
Speaking at the same event, REA Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Musonda disclosed that in 2018 the institution recorded 78 media awards entries compared to 46 recorded in 2017 media award program.
Pastor Musonda feels this is an encouraging improvement because it translates into growing attention by media in the country to provide space in their respective editorials for rural development issues in general and in rural electrification in particular.
And 5fm management and staff have congratulated Soko for ably representing the station.
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The award winner.