The head of regional operations UMEME Andrew Mwesigye notes that within the coming ten years, at least 60% of Ugandans will have been connected to the National grid.
Currently, only 1.6 million Ugandans enjoy electricity whereas the government and other stakeholders are looking forward to connecting more than 6million users within the specified period of time.
Mwesigye revealed this during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between UMEME and Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) which MOU is intended to empower UMEME workers with new modern skills concerning electricity work and also to end or reduce on the number of the so called kamyufu who deal in electricity work without the necessary skills and requirements.
He adds that the skills that about 4000 UMEME staff are going to get will help in accelerating connection to enable Ugandans resourcefully gain from power even at household level.
He emphasizes that the public should not only stop at using the power for lighting their homes but should look at it at a wide angle of starting small scale businesses which they can put at their homes to improve their welfare.
The Director Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) Patrick Byakatonda says with such skilling, assessments and certification, this gives the opportunities to the specialists to compete on the regional market as they will have acquired the set standards for the human resource.