About one year ago the government of Sierra Leone made a promise to the people of this nation that the city of Freetown will start receiving electricity supply from Bumbuna in April, 2009.This promise gave hope to a lot of Sierra Leoneans and expectations were high. On Tuesday 14th April the President of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma told Sierra Leoneans to wait until the rainy season for Bumbuna to supply power to the city of Freetown.
AWOKO’s William Freeman took a walk along the streets of Freetown to seek the views of ordinary Sierra Leoneans on the postponement of Bumbuna power supply to the city
Francis Kamara: As a young man I was expecting that Bumbuna light will be on this April as promised by the government. Electricity brings investment and creates more jobs for unemployed youths like us. I have been eagerly waiting to see the day Bumbuna will light the city.
Jonathan Coker: The president is the father of the nation and we are his children if he has told us to wait for the rainy season, then we are looking up to him. I only hope that as a leader he will live up to his words.
Daniel Kanu: The Bumbuna project has taken a very long time. Most people never thought it was going to be a reality or if a reality it was never going to be completed. If we have waited for over three decades to benefit from the project, then why cant we continue to wait for a very short time for the rains to come as we have been told by the president.
Abubakarr Jalloh: I believe that the postponement of Bumbuna light is due to natural cause and there is nothing we can do about it but to wait for the rains to arrive. To wait for a month or two for the rains is better than no promise at all. As a citizen of this nation I must honestly confess that the government has scored a very low mark in terms of trying to alleviate the sufferings of ordinary people. Let me use this opportunity to plead with the government to do something to improve the citizens’ condition of living.
Milton Miller: We were given the 27th April this year for Bumbuna to come on and now the date has been pushed and we were told to wait for the rains. I am praying to God to send us rain. People are patiently waiting .I will appreciate any time this Bumbuna will come on. But for now I am a jobless father I need a job to support my family. If there is constant electricity, investors will be encouraged to open businesses that will ease the problem of unemployment.
Mohamed A.Conteh: It is better to say the truth no matter how painful it is than to tell s joyful lies. It is very bad to raise the hope of people by making promises. One can see the reality in the excuse given which is due to lack of enough water, but I only hope that their will be no other excuse when the rain comes. I appreciate the effort of government but they should learn to tell us the truth no matter how painful or discouraging it will be.