Gov’t rolls out Ksh.1.3 billion Last Mile connectivity program in Nyandarua


Gov't rolls out Ksh.1.3 billion Last Mile connectivity program in Nyandarua
Energy CS Charles Keter speaks during the roll out of the third phase of the Last Mile Connectivity program in Nyandarua County.

In Summary

  • The government has rolled out the third phase of the Ksh.1.3 billion Last Mile Connectivity program in Nyandarua County.
  • The CS spoke on Monday when he launched the project in Ndaragwa, Ol-Kalou, Ol-Joro Orok, Kipipiri and Kinangop constituencies in Nyandarua County.
  • CS Keter said the second phase of the project in Nyandarua County cost Ksh.300 million but stagnated since the contractor ran out of money.

The government has rolled out the third phase of the Ksh.1.3 billion Last Mile Connectivity program in Nyandarua County.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said the project is set to increase the household power connectivity across the county in the program that will cost the government over Ksh.15 billion to cover a population of over 2.5 million households.

The CS spoke on Monday when he launched the project in Ndaragwa, Ol-Kalou, Ol-Joro Orok, Kipipiri and Kinangop constituencies in Nyandarua County where he urged the beneficiaries to make good use of power in profit making ventures.

CS Keter said the second phase of the project in Nyandarua County cost Ksh.300 million but stagnated since the contractor ran out of money.

He, however, said the government was committed to ensuring that all Kenyans get connected to the grid in an effort to boost their livelihoods.

The CS added that the government was reviewing power rates so that all Kenyans get connected, further stating that the project will also include the installation of new transformers and extension of low-voltage network.

“In less than two weeks, we will have installed electricity in over 20 households here. Where there is no transformer we will bring one and install it, and we ask that when the electricity comes use it for business,” said Keter.

The Last Mile Connectivity Project is expected to address the high cost of extending power supply network, especially in the rural and low-income areas.

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