During an orientation tour Tuesday by the minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr Moses Kapu, his deputy Rosaline Oyah Sankoh and other senior staff at the Western Area, it was disclosed by six fishing companies that they were hoping that Freetown would light up on December 20 as promised by the minister of Energy and Power.
The six companies are Bangso Fishing Enterprise at Government Wharf, Afric Fishing Company at Kingtom, Altans Fishing Company at Murray Town, Scan Fishing Company at Wilkinson Road, Alpha Fishing Company at Damba Road and Okeky Agencies at Damba Road.
Highlighting their constraints, the managing director of the Afric Fishing Andrew Ganda said the lack of power supply by the National Power Authority (NPA) was a major constraint facing them.
He added that, “it is extremely expensive to provide electricity enough to power cold-rooms; this has also contributed to the high cost of fish in the local market”.
The managing director of the Okeky Agencies Melvin Lisk also said to operate the generators at their store sites was of grave concern “because the NPA power when available cannot run the generators due to low voltage”.
He added that, “we are virtually running the generator on a 24-hour basis and when the cold rooms are switched on, they do consume about 80-100 galloons of diesel daily or else the products will perish”.
The general manager of the Altans Fishing Company, Joseph Gbla, said NPA with little or no power supply from this institution, “the company is immensely experiencing huge overhead on its operational cost as private generator is always substituted for this purpose”.
Explaining the constraints of the Bangso Fishing Company the general manager Brima Kamarake said without the supply of electricity it cost the company a lot of money to purchase fuel.
He added that their only income now was from ice that they sold at the moment.
The general manager of the Scan Fishing Company Lamin Bangura, and the general manager of the Alpha Fishing Company also raised similar issues.