Nkombo Island, on Lake Kivu, will on Monday, inaugurate the project that has given residents access to electricity. With electricity, the residents no longer need to cross Lake Kivu to recharge their cell phones in mainland Rusizi, or to access any other services that require electricity.
Energy is critical for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through a variety of direct and indirect processes.
Research, has demonstrated that, modern access to energy reduces hunger and improves access to safe drinking water, through food preservation and pumping systems that provide water and irrigation.
With regard to education, the lighting will facilitate reading as well as power communication tools, such as the laptops that are now available to primary school students. And, businesses that require electricity will spring up and provide extra income to the families.
Rwanda recognizes the importance of alternative fuels and the introduction of electricity will promote environmental sustainability.
The contribution that rural electrification will make to the lives of the Rwandan people cannot be underestimated. However, as the Government does its part of looking for funding to extend electricity to the population, the public who will benefit should also contribute to the initiative.
Through such partnerships, the reach of electricity will not only widen, but will also encourage the culture of ownership, which is key to the sustainable development of our country.