Sierra Leone — Since his coming to office in 2007, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has guided the nation in attaining positive uplifting in infrastructural development and has just promised his Government’s objective for 100 megawatts by 2017.
The president said works on the rehabilitation and reinforcement of Low and Medium Voltage Distribution Networks in the western part of Freetown and the Upgrade of Primary Networks in the eastern part have commenced.
“These intervention will improve on the quality of electricity supply in the western and eastern parts of Freetown and extend access to electricity to unserved areas in Freetown, Waterloo, Deep Eye Water, Devil Hole, New London Hasting, Peace Camp Hastily, Leicester Road, Upper Allen Town, Bottle Field, Pamuronkoh Calaba Town, Blackhall Road, Joshua Drive, Wellington, Upper Savage Squire, Upper Joaque Bridge, Cockeril, Collegiate, Lumley and Lower Roportee,” he said.
Poor electricity in the capital and urban district headquarters have over the years plagued the development of the country and denying Sierra Leoneans the platform for foreign investments in sectors having to do with electricity.
“President Koroma has changed the country for good. He has set the pace and no other president will give is an excuse for not doing well,” said Andrew Bangura, a teacher of the Sierra Leone Muslim Brother Hood, Wellington.
Unlike previous years, Freetown and most urban district headquarters can now boast of electricity supply while solar installation in rural sectors is availing electricity for rural farmers and their children.
The president also said the government has signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solar Era for the installation of 5MW of Solar Power plant for Bo and that Parliament has ratified the Agreement between government and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development for the installation of 6MW solar power park in Newton and its environs.
“On 22nd of October this year, the Government of Sierra Leone and Department for International Development (DFID) signed an agreement to partner in the Energy Africa Campaign. This partnership will complement our efforts to expand large-scale energy infrastructure connecting people now, while they wait for the grid to reach them. This is line with our Agenda for Prosperity bringing electricity to all of our 149 chiefdoms using modern solar and other renewable technology,” President Koroma said.
“My Government has also embarked on the implementation of the Cote D’ Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) Project funded by the African Development Bank. The project will provide a 225 KV Transmission line across seven districts (Pujehun, Kenema, Kono, Tonkolili, Bombali, Koinadugu and Kambia ). The CLSG project will also encompass a rural electrification component from which, twenty-six (26) communities, including schools and health centers will be provided with electricity supply,” he said.