Oshakati Premier Electric (OPE) on Friday electrified Oshandumbala settlement in the Oshana region.
Oshana governor Elia Irimari commended the company, saying it continues to invest in infrastructure development from its retained earnings by ensuring residents in the informal settlements receive service connection at no cost.
The electrification programme at Oshandumbala cost the company N$3.9 million and is expected to benefit 90 households. OPE has committed to electrify five villages within its area of operation within the next seven years.
The programme, which is part of its strategic plan and aims to achieve total electrification of all its inhabitants within its area of operation, will cost the company N$25 million. OPE CEO Nelson Sheya said other villages that will benefit from the programme are Othingo, Onendongo, Emono, Onawa and portions of Oshinyadhila and Okaku Kiipupu.
The electrification plan at OPE was commissioned in 2001 with the primary aim to electrify the peri-urban areas of Oshakati in order to give access to electricity to the community of Oshakati.
Speaking at the same event, the mayor of Oshakati, Angelus Iiyambo, lauded OPE for electrifying the surrounding villages. He further emphasised that the project will only target homesteads that are recognised by the traditional authorities or by the town council.