Ethiopia set to electrify 2,000 villages until September

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Some 2,000 Ethiopian villages will be electrified until the end of this fiscal year, the country’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity said on Thursday.Early this year, the country allocated more than $222 million for its rural electrification program.

During the past ten months, 320 villages have gained access to electricity, said Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity.

More efforts are also underway to make the remaining villages beneficiaries of electricity until the end of the September.

Infrastructure works that allow 132 villages to get electricity service has fully been completed, while the construction of power supply facilities is underway for 962 villages.

The ministry is preparing design for 493 villages and on process to receive site for the remaining villages, he said.

Ethiopia’s electricity coverage has now reached 56 percent.

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