The DC’s call came at the time when Tanesco prepares to link Gumba area through Christon Boys Secondary in the district, to national grid and open up the area for small and medium industrial investments.
DC Mwegelo told residents while on a tour of the area and Christon Boys Secondary School, that the government’s ambition to encourage financiers of agro-industries to invest in Gumba area and the district as a whole would depend on the enthusiasm and cooperation the residents offered to Tanesco workers who, she said, were working hard to link the area and the secondary school to the national grid.
The DC was thankful to the national power utility firm’s workers who in turn pledged to execute the project with renewed vigour.
“Electricity is an important means in multiplying investment opportunities and lifting people’s socio-economic status and raising academic performance. Power from the national grid is cheaper and reliable. I appeal to every one of you to give maximum cooperation to Tanesco workers as they work hard to link this area to the national grid,” the DC said.
She reminded that taking electricity to the people was one the strategic priorities of the government led by President John Magufuli, and that it would be welcome if the project was completed before the end of the fourth year of the Magufuli administration.
Implementation of the Gumba project starts on Monday (November 11, this year).
The school’s headmaster, August Minja thanked the government and Tanesco for the keen interest in the project.
“This project opens up our area for varied investments. As for our school, grid power will save us from the big costs we have been incurring on buying fuel to run diesel generators,” he said.
A form three student, Juma Maulidi, said students would benefit immensely from reliable grid power because, he said, power from generators was unreliable and cumbersome.
“Reliable power will be another academic incentive to us,” he said.
Kisarawe District, part of the Coast Region, has annual population growth rate of 2.2 percent --- 0.6 percent rural and 6.6 percent urban. It is the third largest district, out of the region’s six districts. It boarders Kibaha district which is the region’s industrial corner stone to the north.
The region’s average literacy rate is 73.6 per cent.