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     UETCL DISTRIBUTES REUSABLE SANITARY TOWELS TO PUPILS IN APAC DISTRICT

UETCL PR Staff with the Pupils, Teachers and part of the Apac District

Female pupils in primary seven, six and five in Apac district have received reusable sanitary towels from the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) to support and keep the girl child in school during the menstruation period.

The project in memory of UETCL late staff Ms Filder Olobo Amito is intended to reduce number of girls who choose not to attend classes for 3 to 5 days a month and even drop out of school because of the stigma and embarrassment they feel during their menstrual period.

Seventeen primary schools in the district each with a representation of 10 pupils were invited to a one day training held at St Thomas Church of Uganda, Apac district. The girls not only received but were given a skill of how to make re-usable sanitary towels. The training also attracted head teachers, senior female teachers, senior health workers, vocation training institution and the public.

Each pupil received 3 sanitary towels, 3 pairs of nickers and a bar of soap to ensure good hygiene. The senior female teachers received extra materials and tools to pass on the skill to other pupils in their respective schools.

The sanitary towels are very affordable and reliable and can be used for twelve months. It can take an hour on a hot day and 2 hours on a mild day for it to dry and be reused. The sanitary towels that were distributed don’t leak, are very convenient and will go a long way in addressing the challenges faced by school girls and women in general.

UETCL invested Shs20 million in purchasing materials, making of the towels and training of the pupils. The project which is to roll in all power transmission projects affected areas is meant to empower and facilitate quality education for the girl child. The outreach was spearheaded by the public relations section, facilitated by UETCL staff and appreciated by Apac District Local Government.

A Survey conducted by St. Mark institute of Health Sciences in 2004 revealed that “the biggest number of girl child school dropouts is because of inconveniences during their menstrual cycles.” The survey notes that absenteeism lead to poor academic performance and subsequent drop out of school.

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Date: Thursday October, 27th 2016

 

In our Press Review this, Thursday:, Museveni moves 11 RDCs in mini-reshuffle, Kasiwukira widow arrested at border,  CNOOC, Total support oil pipeline project, IMF advises Uganda to invest more in education and health, First Lady, UK donors discuss support to education sector,  Government in new move to regulate health laboratorie, Govt funding fails to match service delivery, Govt, private sector in drive to restore water catchment areas, Chinese bank holds back Karuma funds, Postmortem to delay return of dead agriculture official, Police kill suspected mastermind of post-election violence, Source of the Nile development gets a boost, South Sudan refugees back in Lamwo,……………………………….

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UETCL DISTRIBUTES REUSABLE SANITARY TOWELS TO PUPILS IN APAC DISTRICT

Female pupils in primary seven, six and five in Apac district have received reusable sanitary towels from the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) to support and keep the girl in school during the menstruation period.

The project in memory of UETCL late staff Ms. Filder Olobo Amito is intended to reduce the number of girls who choose not to attend classes for 3 to 5 days in a month and even drop out of school because of the stigma and embarrassment they feel during their menstrual period.

Seventeen primary schools in the district each with a representation of 10 pupils were invited to a one day training held at St. Thomas Church of Uganda, Apac District. The girls not only received but were given a skill on how to make re-usable sanitary towels. The training also attracted Head teachers, senior female teachers, senior health workers, vocation training institution and the public.

Each pupil received 3 sanitary towels, 3 pairs of nickers and a bar of soap to ensure good hygiene. The senior female teachers received extra materials and tools to pass on the skill to other pupils in their respective schools.

The sanitary towels are very affordable and reliable and can be used for twelve months. It can take an hour on a hot day and 2 hours on a mild day for it to dry and be reused. The sanitary towels that were distributed don't leak, are very convenient and will go a long way in addressing the challenges faced by school girls and women in general.

UETCL invested Shs20 million in purchasing materials, making of the towels and training of the pupils. The project which is to roll in all power transmission projects affected areas is meant to empower and facilitate quality education for the girl child. The outreach was spearheaded by the public relations section, facilitated by UETCL staff and appreciated by APAC District Local Government.

A Survey conducted by St. Mark institute of Health Sciences in 2004 revealed that "the biggest number of girl child school dropouts is because of inconveniences during their menstrual cycles." The survey notes that absenteeism leads to poor academic performance and subsequent drop out of school.

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POWER VANDALS SENTENCED TO JAIL

POWER VANDALS SENTENCED TO JAIL

The Chief Magistrate Court in Jinja has sentenced three vandals to a five year term in jail for interfering with the electricity installations along the Owenfalls-Tororo 132kV transmission line.

The vandals Kakaire Umar, Waisswa Hasuman and Kikaka Musa were arrested last year within Kakira sugar cane plantation while cutting angle bars from the line.

Section/s 87(1) and (2) of the Electricity Act and theft c/s 254 of the Penal Code Act found the accused guilty.

Others Okello Ronald and Mpamba Abdul alias Ndoya were acquitted of the above offences. However, Mpamba Abdul was further sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to escape during the period when he was on remand.

Vandalism is an infrastructure terrorism act that impacts negatively on the effort by the government to meet the objective of a reliable, flexible and efficient and quality power supply for social and economic growth.

The vandals have stolen transformer oil, tower angle bars, nuts and earth wires on the grid threatening the country with possible blackout.

In 2014, at least 14,500 electricity customers were left in darkness after a section of power transmission line from Mbale district to the North collapsed because of vandalism.

Reports from Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) indicate that the company has spent more than shillings 1 billion since 2013 replacing stolen electricity equipment in Kampala, Mabira forest, Lugazi & Kakiri sugar cane plantations, Bugiri and Toro areas.

Court handed back to UETCL the eighteen pieces of angle bars that had been tendered in as exhibits during the proceedings.

To guard against further power infrastructure vandalism, UETCL has found an opportunity to pattern with various cultural institutions, administrative units and community policing in the region to protect the national assets.

Sensitization of the local communities has been done along the transmission line corridors.

Uganda’s Generation capacity to reach 3,500MW by 2018

The Government of Uganda has targeted to increase an addition 2,500MW in 2018 to meet the increasing demand.

 

Currently Uganda has a short term surplus situation, but the rapidly growing demand (10% p.a) will overturn this status if no new power generation is commissioned in the medium term.

 

Uganda’s peak power system demand currently stands at 500 MW against an installed generation capacity of 851.53MW with a firm capacity of 496 MW that varies in accordance with the prevailing hydrological conditions.

 

Uganda’s electricity consumption lies at 90 kWh per capita (2012). The national electrification rate is 14% for its 32 million population (growing at the rate of 3.2%, 2009). The substantial discovery of oil resources is expected to boost the economic growth.

 

The total grid electricity supply has increased from 3039GWh in 2013 to 3,203 GWh in 2014) in Uganda, raising the per capita income to US$420.

 

Electricity generation capacity in Uganda has increased from 595MW in 2011 to 851.53 MW in 2014, including 100MW of thermal power on stand-by. This generation capacity includes: Nalubale (180MW), Kiira (200MW), Bujagali (250MW), Electromaxx (50MW), Jacobsen (50MW), Kakira (50MW) and Kilembe Cobalt (KCCL (9MW). Other small stations include Kinyara (5MW), Mubuku (5MW), Ishasha (6.5MW), Mpanga (18MW), Bugoye (13MW), Kabalega (9MW), Nyagak 1 (3.5MW), Kisiizi (0.35MW), Kuluva (0.12MW), Kagando (2MW) and off grid thermal plants (2MW).

 

In the forthcoming year, Government will fast-track the construction of the Karuma and Isimba Hydropower Projects (600MW and 183MW respectively), other mini-hydro power projects such as Muzizi HPP, construction of at least Five Small Hydropower plants (Nyamwamba 9.2MW, Siti 1 5MW, Waki 5MW, Rwimi 5.4MW, Kikagati 16MW and at Nengo Bridge 7.5MW) as well as construction of transmission lines under the Rural Electrification Programme. Feasibility studies for other hydropower projects are on ongoing.

 

Government will also construct a total of 2,002 Km of transmission lines across the country. These include Bujagali-Tororo-Lessos (220kV), Mbarara – Mirama Hill - Birembo (220 kV), Mbarara – Nkenda (132kV), Tororo – Opuyo –Lira (132kV), Kawanda – Masaka (220kV), Nkenda – Fort Portal – Hoima (220kV) Isimba Interconnection Project (132kV), Karuma – Kawanda (400kV), Karuma - Lira (220kV); Mutundwe – Entebbe (132kV) and new substations.

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