The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bo-Kenema Power Service (BKPS), James Rogers has disclosed that the cities of Bo and Kenema will once again enjoy 24hours “uninterrupted electricity supply” by 27th April 2014 marking the country’s 53rd Independence Anniversary.
He made this disclosure in his statement to a cross section of journalists at his Tikonko Road office in Bo city, where he disclosed that the Government of Sierra Leone has procured three brand new thermal generators to complement the Dodo Hydro dam which has been supplying power to the two cities for several years.
He said Electrical Engineers from Germany are currently on the assembling and installation of the newly procured thermal generators which will collectively produce 4.8 megawatts of electricity.
The CEO said the move by the Government to augment the power output of BKPS is in line with President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity.
Mr. Rogers said the 4.8 megawatts output of the new thermal plants “is just enough for now for a daily and constant supply of electricity to the two cities” noting that all three machines can work together through a synchronized power output system, he said.
Reacting to this development, APC Bo District Chairman, Sheik Sillah said people in the South-East of the country should now be appreciating what the APC-led government is doing for their prosperity. He said the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) never dreamt of such a development programme for the South-easterners as a way of assuring a brighter future for their development aspirations. He referred to the APC as a party that has the interest of the people of Sierra Leone regardless of them being supporters.
He admonished that people should always look for tangible socio development programmes and not to listen to what he called, “artificial jealousy” perpetuated by opposition Members of Parliament and Councilors from the southern region. He said the procurement of the thermal generators is a “demonstration of fact over fiction” stressing that the APC is factual and the SLPP is fictitious”.
Sheik Sillah said the APC government is distributing national resources on an equal basis unlike the SLPP that was distributing national resources based strictly on partisan consideration. He said even though opposition politicians are seeing with their eyes the reality of development on the ground, they tend not to see anything and that with that blindness, they go on misinforming the people and demeaning the APC in the eyes of the people. He referred to such political antics as “bad heart” noting that such a culture cannot augur well for national development and national cohesion.
Meanwhile, many of the onlookers witnessing the offloading of the thermal generators were skeptical as to whether the generators will actually address the problem of electricity rationing the two cities have been experiencing over the years.
Some considered the project as “bogus” as it aims to score political goal for the APC in an opposition stronghold, while some others said it is another political game-play aimed at winning support for the ruling APC.
However, a few are not at all bothered by whatever political connotation that is given to the project. For these people, as long as it enhances their means of livelihood they will welcome the project.
Fatmata Conteh who sells cold water in Bo said if it is maintained to the extent of supporting her cold water business, she will be happy as she has no interest in who brought in the generators for as long as it is for the general good of the people.
“When the light comes, it does not check to know whether its consumer is an APC or SLPP supporter. It just electrifies our homes and appliances without any question,” Fatmata said.
In Kenema city some residents say until they see the light, they are still apprehensive.
By Saffa Moriba
Thursday April 10, 2014