The Chinese ambassador to Sierra Leone, Cheng Wenju, has met with Haja Afsatu Kabba, the minister of Energy and Power to discuss plans geared towards the strengthening of mini-hydro projects in the country.
Speaking at the office of the minister, ambassador Cheng Wenju revealed that the People’s Republic of China was ready to give Sierra Leone a very positive assistance towards that direction and which, he noted, would further enhance the strengthen of the good Sino- Sierra Leone relationship that had existing for long.
The minister of energy and power, on behalf of President Ernest Bai Koroma, assured the Chinese ambassador that Sierra Leoneans would continue to acknowledge the valuable support particularly in terms of financial support that had gone a long way towards the improvement of the country.
Haja Afsatu Kabba re-echoed the words of President Koroma that the provision of sustainable and reliable power support for the country was top on government’s agenda.
She added that, “I work very hard, exploring all avenues to ensure that the president’s vision becomes a reality”.
The minister outlined that she had succeeded in providing electricity supply for the greater part of Freetown “and I have every hope that by the end of the first week of February the head of state will commission the 10 megawatts thermal plant at Black Hall Road in Freetown”.
On 25th January 2008, ambassador Cheng Wenju told journalists that an expert team on power supply would soon come to Sierra Leone to explore the possibility of developing thermal and mini hydro power stations in the provinces.
Also a three-man delegation from the World Bank led by director Mr Englibert made a similar meeting with the minister.