The Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Mr Charles Keter said by next year, 70 per cent of Kenyans will receive power in their households, following the ambitious energy generation and connection programmes being undertaken by his Ministry.
Addressing energy and petroleum sector stakeholders during the Energy Journalism Excellence Award Gala Dinner at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi yesterday, Mr Keter said the number of people so far connected to power in the last three years surpasses that achieved in the last 50 years. “Before 2013, we had only 2.2 million households using electricity, the number has increased to five million today,” said Keter.
He observed that power generation had also gone up from 1,664 megawatts (MW to 2,298MW in the same period.
The CS said in the course of the current financial year, 6,500 public institutions, including 1,500 market centres and 420 Health Centres will be lit in an effort by the Government to improve lives of Kenyans. “Electricity is an enabler of the Vision 2030, and we are committed to increasing sources of energy so as to provide all Kenyans with the essential commodity,” he said.
The Cabinet Secretary challenged Journalists to report objectively on the developments in the energy sector, while criticising it constructively.
The Energy Journalism Excellence Award is an initiative of the Ministry of Energy towards media professionals who excel in reporting accurately and objectively on the undertakings of the Energy and Petroleum Sector. (By Moses Nyandika)