About 5,900 out of 15,290 Tanzanian villages – equivalent to 33 percent – have been connected with electricity through the Rural Energy Agency (REA) projects, Daily News Tanzania reports.
The remaining villages are lined up to get power during implementation of the third phase of REA projects scheduled to take off soon according the country’s Energy and Minerals minister, Prof Sospeter Muhongo.
Before the take-off of the third phase, stakeholders in the energy sector will review implementation of the second phase on Saturday and Sunday to assess progress made in the rural electrification programme.
Earlier, the Deputy Energy and Minerals minister, Dr Medard Kalemani, said that rural power projects that were being carried out under REA phase one have been completed by 100 percent. He further stated that implementation of the second phase was going on well as planned.