At last the government of Ernest Bai Koroma is poised to bring smiles to the faces of Sierra Leoneans as the generators, expected to light up Freetown on December 20, have arrived.
Over the weekend, Haja Afsatu Kabba the minister of Energy and Power, the chairman of the Presidential Energy Emergency Task Force Dr Lancelot Lake, the general manager of the National Power Authority (NPA) Dr Zubairu Kaloko, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Francis Munu, and other dignitaries witnessed the arrival of the first set of 10 mega watts power plants for the Black Hall Road power station at the Kissy Ferry Terminal.
Addressing a crowd who went to see the machines at the Black Hall Road Power Station, Haja Afsatu Kabba said the event was historic in the country.
She added that, “God chose me to deliver light to the people and I will not fail”, adding that, “we have started to realize the pronouncement of His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma who promised the people of Sierra Leone on 5 October 2007 in his first parliamentary address that he would restore electricity to the country and make it his number one priority… It has happened and we will all see the light that will bring development to our country and all of us.”
Haja Kabba disclosed that President Koroma was prepared to change this country for the better so every Sierra Leonean would prosper, noting that the President wanted energy to develop our country and that that Friday was the beginning of the industrial revolution in Sierra Leone.
She thanked the Income Electrix Company for actualizing the vision to the people to produce quality and reliable electricity to the public.
Haja Kabba encouraged them as the first company to come with their machines in the country to work assiduously to ensure that Freetown light up on December 20.
In his statement the chairman of the Presidential Energy Emergency Task Force, Dr Lancelot Lake, said when the president made a promise it became a public concern which he was obliged to fulfill.
The managing director of the Income company Electrix, Matthew Edevbie a Nigerian, thanked the government for giving them the opportunity to prove their worth to the Sierra Leonean population.
He added that they were happy to be partners in development in the country, assuring that, “we will maintain and run the machines very well”.