Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commissioned the new Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UECGL) office which will be the permanent daily operating area and home for the company.
The Prime Minister officiated over the ceremony at the Company’s new office located at Victoria Office park Block “C” in Bukoto, Kampala on Friday.
The Premier commended the Company staff, Board members and the Shareholders for achieving a great milestone of acquiring a permanent home which will save the company a lot of funds which it has been spending on renting instead of investing in other productive areas of the company.
Dr Rugunda also applauded UECGL for the remarkable role it is playing in monitoring the implementation of the government’s flagship projects of Karuma and Isimba hydro power projects, in addition to highlighting for rectification areas which need to be corrected in order to have sound assets at the completion of the projects.
He added that the NRM government policy objective on energy through the NRM manifesto and the second National Development Plan aims at ensuring adequate and reliable supply of power as well as universal access to modern energy services to support industrialisation and social and economic growth which will usher Uganda into a middle income status by 2020.
“The Energy sector is crucial in contributing to social-economic transformation of the economy. Therefore UECGL is playing a crucial role in ensuring that reliable and affordable energy which will make Uganda competitive and attractive to investments is provided,” the Prime Minister said.
Dr Rugunda however cautioned UECGL staff to ensure that the two projects of Karuma and Isimba are completed on time, with in the budgeted cost and right quality to ensure value for money for the Country.
The Premier also pledged government’s continued support through providing necessary enabling policy environment for the energy sector to flourish.
The Chief Executive Officer of UEGCL, Dr Mutikanga Harrison thanked His Excellency the President for entrusting them with the projects and thus pledged to undertake them with a lot of commitment and diligence.
Dr Mutikanga also noted that UEGCL staff are fully aware of the current global climatic changes and thus can’t rely on only hydro power, adding that they are exploring other alternative sources of renewable energy such as geothermal so as to generate electricity for generations.
The construction of Karuma and Isimba hydro power projects and the associated transmission infrastructure will add 783 megawatts into the national grid.
By Doreen Nasasira
Monday, 12 December 2016