With Tet just around the corner, ethnic groups in Vietnam ’s westernmost region – the mountainous province of Điện Biên – have received some very timely good news. They have finally gained access to electricity after years of expectation.

On January 21, Na Bung commune in the province’s Nam Bo district was officially connected to the national power grid. People there no longer have to use oil lamps and firewood for light.

Local children will no longer have to do their homework in darkness and, for the first time, they will have the opportunity to access information and entertainment services through television and radio.

Together with Na Bung, other communes which border Laos and China in the provine, including Na Khoa, Sin Thau and Sen Thuong, were also connected to the national power grid.

Electricity is a Tet gift for ethnic groups in remote and disadvantaged areas. This year, they will surely have a happier Tet than ever.-VNA