THE GEITA; Bucup. Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Dr Doto Biteko said President Samia Suluhu Hassan's desire is to see every Tanzanian get electricity regardless of the type of house they have, as every Tanzanian needs light.

Dr. Biteko made the remarks today on September 26, 2023 during an event for the reactivation of REA Phase III, Second Circuit in Ihako Village in Katome County, Bukombe District in Geita Province.

"We will bring electricity to the countryside, even if the people do not have good homes they need light, even if they have grass houses that do not have a plank. When they get electricity they will be eager to build a beautiful house," Dr Biteko said.

He said the government has started supplying electricity at village level and after all villages have access to electricity it will go down in the suburbs.

He has instructed REA to go to the villages and talk to the people to find out their challenges and solve them.
Go to the people, go to the villages and talk to the villagers, speak their languages, we want to see REA activities done in rural and not in the city, REA's main job is to deliver electricity to rural and not urban areas, so we want to see your work done in the countryside," Dr Biteko said.

For his part, Director General of the Rural Energy Agency (REA), Engineer Hassan Saidy said the REA Phase Three project aims to deliver electricity to all villages that were previously without electricity, while in Geita Region 62 villages and 65 large suburbs will be provided with electricity through the project, bringing the total number of villages/villages to be provided with electricity through this project to 127.

"Geita region has a total of 461 villages, of which 399 villages (86.6%) have received electricity through previous projects including REA Phase One, REA Phase Two and REA Phase One.
The Rural Energy Agency has continued to implement various projects in Geita region with the aim of providing energy services to citizens to improve community services and strengthen economic activity," the engineer said.