By Mohamed Lamin Banya
Sierra Leone’s Energy Minister, Alhaji Kanja Sesay says President Bio is prioritizing electricity because foreign investors are complaining about the country’s lacks of sustainable electricity power for investment.
Alhaji Kanja Sesay was speaking while show-casing sixteen (16) containers of wooden poles for the Bo-Kenema Network Rehabilitation and Expansion Project in Bo and Kenema District.
”Bo and Kenema did not have factories and industries because they lack reliable and quality electricity” Alhaji Kanja Sesay said.
Residents in jubilant mood commended President Bio by extension the Energy Ministry for the project.
Suliaman Kallon is a metal shop owner, he said lack of reliable and sustainable electricity which has cause his business to grappling for the past month, noting that, the generator he bought to ease his work is no longer working.
He added that, he is happy for the Bo-Kenema Network Rehabilitation and Expansion Project he has seen far.
Mamadu Borbor Jalloh an electronics seller said selling a single fan for a day has been hard due to the fact that the district has not being having reliable and sustainable electricity but that he is happy for the progress he is seeing so far in the Bo-Kenema Network Rehabilitation and Expansion Project.
For a very long time now Bo and Kenema unlike other cities have not been enjoying reliable and sustainable electricity which has affected many businesses that depends on electricity including school going children.
Over the years the two cities relied on the Dodo Mini Hydropower Dam which of recent has not been able to supply reliable and sustainable electricity.
Alhaji Kanja Sesay maintained that, for the project to be materialize they will be replacing all the poles, cables and transformers in the two districts and that the interconnection between the two cities will be done with major towns along the highway of the two cities also benefitting from the supply.
”We have planned to repair and upgrade the Dodo Dam from 6 megawatts to 12 megawatts and we are also working on the Cote d’ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea” he added.
Alhaji Kanja Sesay maintained that, the project is the beginning of a solid project that will address the weak electricity infrastructure specifically the run out cables, meters, transformers and poles in the two districts.
”We have definitely done a survey and it’s based on the result that the engineers imported the necessary quantities of poles, cables and transformer” he said.
The project according to the minister will attack both the generation and transmission and distribution aspect, noting that, the ministry was constrained to provide a reliable and quality electricity for the two-district because of the old and poor transmission and distribution system them inherited.
He disclosed that, the project is co-funded by African Development Bank, DFID and Sierra Leone Government and that the approximate cost of the project is 40 million United States dollars.