CAIRO: An initiative to distribute energy-saving light bulbs throughout Egypt’s governorates was launched Saturday by the presidential campaign of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
“By saving, Egypt will live,” plans to distribute 60,000 of the bulbs, reported Veto Gate.
The bulbs, part of a push by the Sisi campaign to encourage responsible energy consumption, were given away in Hussein, Al-Azhar, Sayeda Zeinab, Warraq and Embaba, according to Sisi’s official campaign page on Facebook.
A youth commission from the campaign also walked through different street and districts, reported Sada el-Balad News.
“Providing energy-saving bulbs is the responsibility of the private sector not the ministry”, official spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity Mohammed Al- Yamani to according to Veto gate news.
He added that it is necessary to enact legislation to prevent importing or manufacturing glowing bulbs confirming that using saving bulbs will overcome the problem of energy.
Although Sisi has not provided a written platform for his presidential campaign, he has given rounds of interviews, focusing on terrorism, security, the economy, and his energy policy.
Cairo, which routinely experiences rolling blackouts in summer during peak electricity usage, began experiencing shortages of power in March, earlier than usual this year, prompting many to worry the summer would be particularly difficult.
Sisi has said in his interviews he plans to fill the energy deficit and eliminate the 1,000-megawatt shortage in Egypt’s electricity system.
Changing old lamps with new energy saving bulbs in Egyptian households would save 4,000-megawatts, which would save millions in fuel that could be put toward other subsidies in the state’s general budget, he has said.
Sisi is scheduled to have another interview on the Al-Nahar channel, with journalists Khaled Salah, Loubna Assal, and Wael Ibrashi on May 18 and 19.
The presidential elections are scheduled to take place May 26 and May 27, with the official results announced in early June.