President Ernest Bai Koroma has made the provision of electricity a priority. In ensuring that, he had already visited the National Power Authority stations and also the Bumbuna Hydroelectric dam. As if not enough, he signed a $30m agreement with donors for the completion of Bumbuna. Notwithstanding that also he appointed a result oriented woman, Haja Afsatu Kabbah as energy minister. But how does some Sierra Leoneans make of that, our reporter Ishmael Bayoh sought their views.
Unisa Tarawally: The idea of President Koroma to prioritize electricity is very much laudable as that is what we have been crying for. Sincerely, if there is electricity, investors and commerce will boom and once that happens, there will be lots of job opportunities which will definitely reduce the constraints we are now facing. If that is the President’s sincere determination then it is fine.
Musa Sesay: The move of the President in restoring electricity is very good for our country.
The president too recognized the fact that the country will not develop without available electricity which has been our cry for a very long time. If he has come to salvage that situation, we should all give him a helping hand for our country to move forward. I am happy for the choice of minister in that ministry, I have no doubt the minister will perform.
Alfred Komeh: It is a very good opportunity for us Sierra Leoneans to grasp what the president has said. When there is electricity a lot will be done with it, as mothers will use it to upkeep the house and youths will be gainfully employed.
Brima Kamara: When I first heard that the president would be making electricity a priority, I almost touched the sky jubilating. May God guide him in that drive. If there is light we the youth will have jobs and investment will boom. Any way light is good and it is good to be around with it as there are many things to do with it.
Alfred Kallon: It is fine for electricity to come because it is very much necessary and badly needed. But I have some concerns about the tackling of corruption which if tackled can help in the restoration of electricity.
On a whole I believe in the vision of the president to offer electricity.