Christmas gift electricity for Juba-Mathouk
By Mandela Nelson Denis
The Minister of Energy and Dams in the Transitional Government of National Unity, Dr. Dhieu Mathouk, has promised the residents of Juba that they will have electricity soon as a Christmas gift.
It is almost three years since the government stopped supplying power in the city. Both public and private institutions are using their own generators and solar panels to keep the daily activities running.
In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor Newspaper yesterday, Dr. Mathouk said, though the power will not cover the whole of Juba city, feeder A(the main supplier) will be fully supplied with power.
“The Ministries, University of Juba, Juba Teaching Hospital, the Parliament, Juba Water Co-operation, the State House and the residential areas along these roads will have the power,” Dr. Dhieu promised.
Dr. Mathouk further said they were working according to the schedules, saying if all things remained as planned, Juba will have power before the end of the year. The Minister also disclosed the entire country will be electrified by the year 2020.
“We are working because the setting up of the electrical power is not like building a house,” he said. “It needs a lot of work because if you generate, then you need to distribute,” The minister explained.
He appealed to the public to bear with the ministry in the current situation as they were moving forward, adding that by 2020, about 50 percent of the country’s population will have power as compared to the present where there are only one percent of the total population have access to electricty.
Currently, there are two projects going on to ensure that Juba has power. The project of the revitalisation of the network being done by China power and funded by African Development Bank.The work started in November last year and is expected to continue upto July 2018.
Rehabilitation of the current power stations is also ongoing to generate more power from the 12-megawats, which the Minister said was not sufficient for Juba since the city’s population had grown and required more than 80-megawats.