By Alhaji Saidu Kamara……………………
In a bid to sustain effective electricity supply to business institutions and factories, the Ministry of Energy is now in the process of engaging Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) like the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Works and Infrastructure, Mineral Resources and Water Resources to ensure that industrial investments in the country continue to have uninterrupted electricity supply.
Ambassador Henry Macauley revealed this to a cross section of the press at his office in Freetown shortly after he and other stakeholders had successfully completed a conducted tour of electricity facilities at the Charlotte Mini Hydro Power and the Kingtom Power Station.
The Minister noted that the business sector plays a pivotal role towards the economy and therefore they must be involved in the planning of electricity supply and besides they spend more on electricity.
Briefing the press, Ambassador Macauley said he visited these energy facilities along side with officials of EDSA and the Council of Ex Ministers of Energy comprising Dr. Sheiku Sesay, Emmanuel O. Grant aka Toesman, Prof. Ogunlade Davidson and Haja Afsatu Kabba to name but a few. He said electricity is everyone’s business therefore he decided to involve the ex-Ministers of Energy to share their experiences in other to develop the energy sector.
The Energy Minister highlighted some the key development projects his ministry has embarked on including the recent electrification of Koidu Town with a 20 MW and the construction and installation of the long awaited 6MW generators by the Chinese engineers. He also spoke about the Bumbuna town electrification, the 25MW Emergency machines from Ghana the Commissioning of the 33KV earthling transformer at Black Hall Road Power Station, the repair of Guma Dam in Kenema and the partnership with the World Bank, IDB, the Japanese and the African Development Bank.