Hundreds of residents in newly built houses in Bo city in the South and Kenema city in the East have complained of being deprived of electricity in their newly constructed
Speaking to a resident in Kenema who named himself as Mohamed Barie told Awoko that it is over five months since he had applied to BKPS (Bo Kenema power Services) for electricity supply to his home.
He said when ever he pays a visit to BKPS to enquire he is always told that meters are not available at the moment and when he further asks when it will be available the reply is always very soon.
Speaking to the Board Chairman of BKPS chief Brima Kargbo at his Nyallay street residence in Kenema about the availability of electricity meters to BO and KENEMA cities, he says that it is unfortunate that the meters are not available at this time that is why they have gone on radio and have informed the public about it’s scarcity.
Chief Kargbo disclosed that the government has since ordered for electricity meters.
He said perhaps they are on the high seas and are expected soon, but did not disclose the type of meter ordered – whether it is prepaid or not.
Chief further explained that the four machines at the Goma hydro plant at Dodo are all in good working order, but the energy consumed in both Bo and Kenema is far below what is generated by the machines, because there are no factories in the region that need such high energy.
He added that they earlier requested from the government to supply BKPS with copper wire so that they can extend the electricity supply to villages and other towns in the region.
He revealed that BKPS is encountering great problem with consumers in both Bo and Kenema cities because majority do not honour their electricity bill and that has given cause for them to remove meters from their houses with the motive of getting consumers to comply but yet still there are problems.
The board has now resolved to be taking defaulters to court to get them to honour their bills because BKPS is going through difficult times to meet it’s commitment in providing 24hours services to the two cities.
Dodo and it’s surrounding villages are using free electricity supply as loyalty but the board is considering whether they will be paying bills or not.
He encouraged the consumers to honour their bills as they are now provided with regular service.