To strengthen and improve on the supply of electricity in the city, the National Power Authority (NPA) has embarked on constructing new Transmission and Distribution (T&D) lines from Falcon bridge unto Black hall road in the eastend of Freetown.
In a visit to the working site, the Senior Electrical Engineer attached to the T&D, Unisa Samura explained that the project is a Japanese funded program through JICA in responding to the good relationships to the government.
He added that the work is the second phase of the project; first was the construction of a substation in Regent.
Samura further explained that under JICA, the Japanese government is constructing a 10 Mega Watts generation plant at the Kingtom power station.
NPA, he said is in readiness to reach out to areas that are without electricity and to also increase the supply to those that are not getting enough.
The construction of the lines he said, started from the Falcon Bridge unto the Bishop Johnson Secondary school unto the Black hall road power station.
The Senior Electrical Engineer further explained that the work is to strengthen the network and make the supply more reliable in the country.
The General Manager of NPA, Dr Zubairu Kaloko said that the existing T&D lines were constructed in the 1960s and they have exceeded their economic useful life.
As a result of this, we are committed to fulfilling President Koroma’s vision of increasing the supply of electricity by improving on the T&D lines which will give more electricity to other areas.
He explained that NPA is poised to make life better for everyone as JICA is also constructing a 10 Mega Watts generation and 16 Mega Watts from BADEA which will be in Black Hall Road to increase the electricity supply.
The General Manager pointed out that they are also in preparation to receive the Bumbuna 50 Mega Watts, the JICA 10 Mega Watts and the BADEA 16 Mega Watts for Freetown.
“Due to my hard work both Connaught and PCMH are having 24 hours electricity”, Dr Kaloko said.
Locals in the east end expressed their appreciation to the President for considering them in the east to benefit from electricity.
They promised to be watch dogs of the T&D lines and vowed to pay their bills regularly.
They also cataloged the work of the General Manager and his entire management for their bold steps taken to resuscitate electricity in the east end.