The payment of moving and transition allowances to Bumbuna project affected persons in the
Bumbuna Transmission Line Right of Way has started on Friday at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown.
Thousands of affected persons who assembled at the National Stadium were in a state of confusion as they thought the program was not a reality.
Reality hit hard on their faces when people start to receive their payments in an organized manner from Laynaa Consultants.
In his statement, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Professor Ogunlade R Davidson appealed to the affected persons to exercise patience with the government and assured them that government is ready to work with them.
He added that, affected persons will be given food aid, moving allowances, temporary tents and land.
Minister of Lands and Country Planning Dr Dennis Sandy appealed to the affected persons to make meaningful sacrifices to move this country forward.
His Ministry he said will distribute lands to them the correct way.
He disclosed that 100 acres of land located at different parts has been identified for the affected persons.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Energy and Power Resources Hon Ibrahim Sorie stated that Bumbuna started during the APC regime and will commission it.
He thanked the affected persons for the sacrifices they had made to make Bumbuna a reality.
The National Resettlement Consultant Claudius J Thomas said that demolition of structures should have started from the 15th June but was postponed to 20th July.
He stated that engineers will not switch on Bumbuna on if there are structures along the Right of Way.
He noted that $400 will be given to people affected per family in the rural areas and $300 for those in the urban with food aid of one bag of rice, 3 gallons of palm oil and a bag of beans for three months.
Sheik Abdul Karim Kamara who spoke on behalf of the affected persons said that violence will not solve their problems, adding that they are in line with President Koroma to switch on Bumbuna.
He said that when relocating them government should think of schools, health centres, community centers and other facilities for them.