The former minister of Energy and Power, Lloyd During, yesterday handed over his diplomatic passport to the incoming All People’s Congress (APC) minister, Haja Afsatu Kabbah.
The outgoing minister returned his diplomatic passport together with his wife’s, as well as the IDD code, the official office stamp, the office keys and the official vehicle he was using together with volumes of files and handing over notes.
With embraces, kisses and handshakes Mr During congratulated the new minister. He pointed out that the various documents contained uncompleted, completed and proposed projects for both the power and water sectors.
Mr During noted that there were agreements with the Islamic Development Bank in Riyadh and the Japanese JICA group for the revamp of the power sector to be followed up.
The outgoing minister informed Mrs Afsatu Kabbah that the water policy draft had been completed and that it was now in its second draft whilst the power policy had been completed.
He admitted that the immediate term plan for the power sector had been a problem for the ministry as they had always been cash-strapped with the unavailability of money to finance the various projects.
Mr During said the BADEA machines would be ready by next year but that the minister should continue to follow up on meeting the benchmarks set out for Sierra Leone by them.
He however said, “I know we will get light in December not like our own promises” noting that there was now goodwill which should not be lost.
Haja Afsatu Kabba said she was happy for the manner in which the former minister did the presentation and handing over.
She said, “I admire your finesse and dignity in handing over the details,” and assured Mr During that his concerns were all noted and that consultations with him would continue.
Mrs Afsatu Kabbah pointed out that she was aware of the conditions of service and backlog payment of salaries, but warned strictly that she would not want to hear of any strike action because there was a procedure to address grievances.