Zombo, (UG): A sizeable number of community members from the over ten villages of Paidha Town Council and Paidha Subcounty in Zombo District Thursday attended the sensitization program organised by West Nile Rural Electricity Company (WENRECO) as part of the campaign drive to scale up rural electrification.
The sensitization campaigns also aimed at inducting communities on vandalism, illegal connections, electrocutions and their corporate social responsibilities being implemented and to address the cross-cutting issues raised by community members regarding electricity installation, purchase and distribution within their jurisdiction.
DailyExpress swiftly took note of the outstanding concerns raised during the sensitization drive that pointed at delayed processes of the rural electrification, unfiltered guidelines circumnavigating the program and the general welfare of the clients, ranging from incentives to other customer care services.
The community members who turned up for the engagement applauded WENRECO for the great strides in lighting up the West Nile Region and the corporate social responsibilities being executed.
Mr Francis Opio, a resident of Paidha town council suggested that WENRECO should consider providing street lights for the Communities of Paidha as corporate social responsibility as a way of giving back to the community with at least some 2 or 3 street lamps.
WENRECO which also attested to having executed several corporate social responsibilities of sprinting events and street lamps in Arua, noted inadequate sustainability initiatives by some of the communities as they widely open doors for submissions and pledge readiness to deliver on those that are timely submitted.
In almost the same vein, community members were urged to exercise patience over the project, rural electrification aimed at scaling up access and utilization of electricity, while citing distribution and sales of electricity as the sole mandate of WENRECO, this has hatched lamentations among several community members who heeded to some unfiltered guidelines of finalizing earthing processes as they await connection.
Mr Nasser Abdul, a resident of Entebbe village, Paidha town council rallied the entity to effect use of testing devices to ensure conformity to standards as he lamented in verbatim; “I have done earthing three times and when it’s tested it’s declared defective and thus needs improvement costing me over 600,000 shillings please employ for us necessary devices.”
Conclusively, Ms Judith Wangoic, the PRO of WENRECO reckoned with the concerns of the community members and vowed to align services for the satisfaction of the customers and other stakeholders, She further told this publication about her optimism that; “these people have been satisfied they have attained some level of knowledge on how to get connected to WENRECO network, report faults and purchase tokens using mobile phones.”
This sensitization drive in Paidha town council conducted by WENRECO is among the many sensitization programs with case examples of sessions held in Oturgang primary school, Paidha secondary school, Nyapea College and others to induct communities on vandalism, illegal connections, theft and measures to curb electrocutions.
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