Ministry of Energy to Orient Media on its Operations
Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola says the ministry will engage the media across the nation to tutor them on all major arms of the ministry so as to have a thorough outlook of their operations.
The Minister made these remarks in Lilongwe at the old Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) power station on Friday July 15 during the ground breaking ceremony of the co-funded project between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and (ESCOM) to upgrade power sub stations in Kanengo and parts of old town.
“We shall hold sessions with the media beginning in Blantyre, Mzuzu and finally in Lilongwe. The purpose of these orientations is for the media to fully understand and appreciate the operations of each department and be able to state when the problem is not ESCOM based,” Matola said.
Matola: my ministry will engage the media
He further said that other sectors of the public are not aware that ESCOM has affiliates within the Ministry.
“In 2018, during the governance of the then State President Peter Mutharika, Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) was birthed with the purpose of generating electricity which ESCOM distributes to the nation.
“There is also Power Market Limited (PML), Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA), and Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP) as affiliates. There are certain questions from the media which are miss directed, but this will help to inform and ensure that we are on the same page,” Matola added.
Board Chairperson of ESCOM, Fredrick Changaya has hailed the new project citing that it comes at the right time when ESCOM is facing challenges which are causing power supply limitations.
“Persistent problems cause a compromise in our service delivery and in turn we are insulted by people. However, there is a need to understand that the problem is not only ESCOM based but could be a case of under generation,” Changaya said.
He further said that the Project will help facilitate power supply consistency and assist in the realization of the Malawi 2063 agenda.
Well informed dissemination of content on issues from the ministry of energy will ensure that the nation is well informed on the efforts being made to safeguard reliable electricity for all.