Energy minister Dr Medard Kalemani revealed this at the weekend when launching the REA project for Ruvuma Region at the event held in Nalasi village in Tunduru District.
He said the money will be spent to distribute electricity to 265 remaining villages out of the region’s 554 villages.
“After launching the project make sure you use electricity for your own economic development, by starting small factories, the government has dished out adequate funds to make sure all villages are supplied with power come December 2022.
“It is therefore up to you to start wiring your houses, you only have to pay 27,000/- connection fee,” he said.
He explained that two local contracting firms have been picked to implement the project in all districts of the region –Songea, Mbinga, Tunduru, Nyasa and Namtumbo.
The firms include NAMIS Contractors for Songea, Mbinga and Nyasa districts to cost 35.28bn/- and White City Contractors for Tunduru, and Namtumbo District at a cost of 36.67bn/-.
In regard to Tunduru District from where the project was launched, Dr Kalemani said the district has a total of 157 villages, out of which 72 already have been connected to power, with 85 remaining.
For his part, Ruvuma Regional Commissioner, Brig. Gen. Wilbert Ibuge called on the region’s residents to protect power infrastructures and cooperate with the contractors.
He called on the youth in relative areas to grab the opportunities in non-skilled jobs for income.
He also called on the contractors to introduce themselves to local government officials for cooperation.