China sinks $ 300 million into rural electrification
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The three Northern Regions are to benefit from a $ 300 million Chinese grant aimed at extending electricity to rural communities within the regions.
Under the deal, the Northern Region will receive $105 million, Upper East Region, $95 million and the Upper West Region, $90 million.
Making this disclosure at the second ordinary session of the Jirapa District Assembly on Wednesday, Dr Francis Bawana Dakurah, a member of the Energy Commission, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Jirapa announced that, contract for the project had been awarded to a Chinese company.
Preliminary studies on the project according to him were underway and was optimistic that construction works would soon commence.
He said the $90 million allocated to the Upper West Region was enough to extend power to all the rural communities in the region.
Commenting on the Jirapa street light project, the MP was upbeat that the project would be completed before the end of December this year.
Dr Dakurah said eight boreholes would be constructed for eight communities in the district, explaining that some had already been drilled.
He urged residents in the district to take advantage of a micro finance and small loans scheme be established to help work themselves out of poverty.