Information Permanent Secretary Sam Phiri has hailed Kariba North Bank for continuing to pioneer in the efforts of bringing integration of Southern African Developing Communities (SADC) region.
Dr Phiri noted that the Kariba North Bank Extension Project (KNBEP) is a critical effort in addressing power demand and also in connecting the region.
ZANIS reports from Siavonga, today, that the Permanent Secretary was speaking yesterday after a tour of a US$ 420 million power extension project to commemorate SADC day which falls on August 17th each year.
Dr. Phiri hinted that the extension project that is currently going on at Kariba North Bank demonstrates commitment to infrastructure development which government has embarked on.
He noted that only about three (3) million of the country’s population has access to electricity hence the need of expanding the service to cater for most people national wide.
The Permanent Secretary further noted that the multimillion kwacha project will also be a legacy that the country will contribute to the region and urged Kariba North Bank to continue projecting Zambia’s image as a pioneer in providing energy in the region.
And Kariba North Bank Extension Project Manager Aaron Nyirenda said the project is expected to be completed in December in 2013 and will help eliminate load shedding during peak demand hours.
Mr. Nyirenda added that there is need to double efforts to address demands of power in the SADC region.