During the end of year meeting at the ministry of infrastructure, management and staff reviewed the achievements of 2017 and pledged to do more in terms of infrastructure enhancement in the new year.
The meeting chaired by Minister James Musoni was attended by senior management and staff from the ministry and its agencies.
Musoni urged staff to work hard to achieve the targets to achieve the country’s ambitions, and asked everyone to have a spirit of sacrifice for the benefit of the country.
“You should work with determination, increase the level of patriotism, have a sacrificial attitude and work towards achieving targets to reach the big ambitions of our country,” he said.
The Planning Division Manager highlighted the key achievements of the ministry in 2017 in four sectors.
In energy, the access to electricity increased to 40.7% (29.7% on grid and 11% off-grid) by September 2017. A total of 250,506 households were connected, of which 107,603 to the grid and 142,903 off-grid. 270 productive use areas were connected, including schools, markets, health centres, milk collection centres, water pumping stations.
With regard to power generation, 18.3MW were commissioned leading to the installed capacity of 208.3 MW from 190 MW.
In the water and sanitation sector, 597,799 people gained access to clean water while 580 km was added to the supply network (249 km in urban areas and 331 km in rural ones).
As for water production, the volume increased from 45,031,510 m3 in 2015/2016 to 48,977,110 m3 in 2016/2017. Three water treatment plants of 2400m3/day each were completed in the districts of Nyanza, Nyagatare and Kayonza, and Nzove II water plant was upgraded from 25,000 to 40,000m3/day while the construction of Nzove I (40,000m3/day upgradable to 65,000m3/day) is almost complete (98%).
In relation to sanitation access, 162,731 households had access on improved sanitation facilities whilst three fecal sludge treatment plants were constructed, as well as landfills in Nyanza, Kayonza and Nyagatare.
With regards to land transport, 85 km of new paved roads were constructed, 513 km maintained and 526.4 km of feeder roads constructed to facilitate market access for rural farmers.
The financial year 2016-2017 was a success in air transport considering the substantial growth in terms of passenger numbers, routes expansion, airport expansion and upgrade. Rwandair saw passenger numbers grow to 747,761 passengers, its fleet expanded to 12 aircraft and the number of destinations increased from 19 to 22.
There was also the operationalization of the Aviation Travel and Logistics Ltd (ATL) with a target to fully operationalize the Rwanda Airports Company Ltd (RAC) by March 2018 and work towards operationalizing Rwanda Links Logistics Ltd (RLL) and Rwanda Tours & Events Ltd (RTE).
Lastly, the construction of Bugesera International Airport has started with a physical progress of 10%.
In the area of urban settlement planning, the master plan implementation audit was conducted in 12 districts, and the remainder will follow in the fiscal year 2017/18. The Building Permit Management Information System (BPMIS) was deployed in six secondary cities, and the implementation of the Rwanda Urban Development Project (RUDP) started with a target to upgrade and develop 81 km of urban roads and standalone drainage systems (44 km) in the six secondary cities.
In relation to rural settlement planning, 32,301households (out of 40,000 planned) were relocated from scattered to planned settlements, and 2,707 households relocated from high-risk zones to planned settlements.
A total of 319 dual units have been completed in 30 Districts for of IDP Model Villages emulating Rweru model village.