To actualize President Ernest Bai Koroma’s promise to the people, the minister of energy and power Haja Afsatu Kabba has handed over three Independent Power Producer (IPP) sites to three companies to provide electricity for Freetown and the provinces.
The companies are Global Trading Group which won the 15 megawatts bid, Delamore and Owl company and the Income Electrix Sierra Leone Limited. On Saturday, during an inspection and handing over of sites at the Kingtom Power Station and Black Hall Road by the minister, the newly appointed general manager Dr Zubairu Kalokoh and the chairman of the Presidential Emergency Energy Task Force Dr Lancelot Lake and the deputy minister Martin Bash Kamara; the three companies assured them that they would work to achieve President Koroma’s dream.
Addressing them, Haja Afsatu Kabba said she was happy to officially hand over the sites to the companies to help in the supply and distribution of electricity supply to the country. She added that all have to work in other to achieve the change “which is the platform on which the President Koroma stands”, noting that, “positive change will lead to sustainable development in the country”.
The minister noted that she was working for Freetown to light up by December 20 …. “that is my priority and I must achieve it”. She admonished the companies to work according to specifications and also help in the upgrading in enhancing electricity
Hussein Bazzy, the local representatives of the Global Trading Group, said they would surprise the nation when Freetown would light up by December 20. Olu Harding of the Delamore and Owl Company assured the minister that with their experience in electricity they would surprise the people of this nation.
He added that, “electricity is the bedrock of every developed country we will make sure that we accomplish their goal before the deadline”. Matthew Edeubie, chief Executive of Income Electrix Sierra Leone Limited who will be attached to the Black Hall Road Power station, disclosed that by next week the machines and equipment would be in town.
He added that out of 25 megawatts they would be giving 10 megawatts for December 20th. The executive director noted that between now and May 2008, apart from Freetown, Makeni, Kono, Lungi, Lunsar and other towns would have electricity supply.
According to the general manager, Dr Zubairu Kalokoh, “our customers will receive what they paid for”. He maintained that, “customers’ satisfaction is our top most priority, therefore we must satisfy and treat them with respect”. Dr Lancelot Lake, chairman of the Presidential Emergency Energy Task Force, urged people to pay their bills and stop the stealing of National Power Authority (NPA) property.