By Tamba James
There have been shouts of joy all over Koindu, Kissi Teng chiefdom, Kailahun district when electricity from the township’s generator supplied homes in the town.
The malfunctioned generator for the town was repaired and switched on again after several months of it breaking down. The full cost of repairing the Generator and re-supplying Electricity to the town was borne by an adopted daughter of that Kailahun soil, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden (popularly nicknamed as SIA KISSI)
Dr. Blyden had been in Koindu over the past weekend for the Funeral of 95 years old Mammy Queen Tenneh Nurlah Martha Yambasu aka “SHORTIE”.
It was during her visit that it was brought to her attention that the Town’s generator machine had broken down and in need of repairs.
Moved by the importance of electricity especially for the women (market women refrigeration of their produce) and children (studying their books at night), Dr. Blyden ensured a professional technician was brought in immediately and the required brand new parts for the big machine were as well imported from across the river in neighboring Guinea when essential goods were crossed in as well as some of the parts were purchased from Kenema city.
The machine has been repaired and now working very well.
As a result of Dr. Blyden’s philanthropy, several hundreds of the residential homes in Koindu have again started to enjoy electricity supply. Children are once again studying under electricity bulbs and women are also storing and freezing their market products in the night.
The generator itself had been donated to the Township by the Government when Dr. Sylvia Blyden had served as Minister of Social Welfare under the Ernest Koroma APC-led government. It was part of Blyden’s vision as Social Welfare Minister to revive the socio-economic activities of the Kissi areas of Sierra Leone.