The general manager of the National Power Authority (NPA), Dr Zubairu Kaloko, yesterday at his Siaka Stevens office in Freetown informed journalists that customers owed NPA Le16.2 billion.
He noted that the ministry had developed a Task Force to aggressively collect bills and conduct massive disconnections of customers with delinquent electricity bills.
In his own words: “NPA is determined to collect a good portion of this money to pay for the operations of the authority”.
He disclosed that, “NPA is providing Le86 million a day to purchase fuel to produce electricity to serve customers,” adding that NPA cared about the customers because they were their number one priority.
Haja Afsatu Kabba, the minister of Energy and Power, said electricity supply would be sustainable if customers paid their bills and people stop illegal connections or stealing of NPA’s property.
She intimated that, “NPA is working with the income Electrix to increase supply by 200% whilst the contract with Global Trading Group has increased NPA electricity supply by 300%”.
Haja Kabba said NPA had secured 500 prepaid metres from Guoji Investment Company from China and that they were expecting more.
She pointed out that, “NPA is still facing challenges with illegal activities outside NPA’s headquarters and procedures are being developed to stop these illegal activities”.
The minister stated that monies collected from customers were audited and cross checked with receipts by an independent internal auditor, and that after they were deposited in the banks the records were again audited to ensure proper accountability.
The chairman of the Presidential Emergency Energy Task Force, Dr Lancelot Lake, asked the public to report any problems customers were facing in their communities with regards to the supply of electricity.
He also urged them to pay their bills so that NPA would have money to purchase fuel and pay salaries and benefits to their staff.
The deputy minister Martin Bash Kamara said stealing of NPA’s property would reduce the supply of electricity to customers.
He disclosed that in two weeks’ time the 10 mega watts installed by Income Electrix at Black Hall Road would be commissioned by President Ernest Bai Koroma.