Lilongwe — The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) on Thursday hailed the Malawi Government for putting much effort in improving the energy sector in the country.
ESCOM's Board Member Noah Chimpeni said this in Lilongwe when President Dr. Joyce Banda officially commissioned the Chadza Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP) VII.
Chimpeni noted that under the leadership of President Banda the energy sector has been given the utmost attention such that even people from the villages are able to have access to electricity.
Said Chimpeni, " This is the fourth area to be opened since the start of the project and so far 27 more areas are ready for commissioning in various districts in the country.
"This project has enabled many rural Malawians to have access to electricity in their homes thereby making their lives flexible."
The Board Member further said that since Dr. Joyce Banda assumed power, she has made it possible to have the suspended Millennium Challenge Compact resumed.
"Government has shown its commitment to improve the energy sector by negotiating with the government of the United States of America (USA) to have the Millennium Challenge Account resumed for the betterment of the country.
" It has also partnered with the government of Japan to assist with money to rehabilitate the Tedzani and Nkula hydro electric power which when rehabilitated will be able to generate 21 mega watts," he said.
However, Chimpeni asked the members of the area to desist from vandalizing ESCOM equipment, saying doing so will be pulling themselves down.
"Let me ask all people around this area to avoid vandalizing the electricity equipment especially the transformer that has been planted here.
"Take note that for a transformer like the one you have to be bought, a lot of forex was used, hence the need for you to be responsible and always strive to avoid vandalizing it," he added.
According to Chimpeni, ESCOM receives 3000 new electricity applications every day.
Speaking earlier, Traditional Authority Malili also thanked government for the project saying it has come at a time when it was needed most.
"People in my area used to pound their maize flour using wooden gadgets because the distance to where they could find electricity-motor driven maize mills is about five kilometers away, but with the coming of MAREP, things have been made simple such that people will not be walking long distances to the maize mills," said the Chief.
The Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP) is a government program which strives to enable rural Malawians have access to electricity.