…EDSA Staff Association’s presidential candidate
July 17, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
Aspiring presidential candidate for the July 2017 election of Intermediate and Senior Staff Association, who is also a Superintendent of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), Mrs. Ramatu Koroma, has vowed to lobby for improved conditions of service for members of the Association.
She made the above vow last Friday during an interview with this medium at her Electricity House office on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, where she also said he was motivated to contest in the election by her colleagues who thought she was the right person to give the required voice for improved conditions of service.
Mrs. Koroma, who has been working at EDSA for 14 years now, said no woman has ever been elected president of the Association.
“This is the barrier I want to break because this time around it was the men that asked me to contest for the position,” she added.
Mrs. Koroma is one of the two women that are contesting the EDSA presidential election in the midst of two other men, but, she boldly said she was not intimated by the dominance of men in the race.
She added that she has been working with men since she has been a junior technician, so she could handle the pressure.
“I have been doing my campaign to all members of the Association. Prime amongst my campaign message has been “togetherness”. I’m with the pretty conviction that unity is very important for the smooth running of the Association,” she said.
“We will urge them to attend meetings so that they can share their experiences and knowledge with others.”
She revealed that she is a technician, who was trained at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, and the National Power Authority Training School now EGTC/EDSA Training Centre, adding that she also did Telecommunications at the Freetown Technical Institute.
“I have contributed a lot for the betterment of EDSA and the Association. Currently, my colleagues have been telling me that they want improvement on the salary scale of EDSA ‘s intermediate and senior staff,” she said, noting that this will be achieved through peaceful dialogue with the management of EDSA, if she is elected president.
She said she had planned to make the association more staff-centric, open and closer to every staff irrespective of age, position, status, politics, tribe, gender, religion, or dogmas.
“I also plan to make the union a hub of ideas where staffs will be free to contribute their opinions with regards to what happens inside and outside of the institution. I strongly believe that every staff of this institution has something they can offer, and my job will be to encourage all individuals to be able to harness their capabilities while they are here,” she said.
“I will encourage dialogue between staff and other stakeholders to ensure that we are better equipped to compete favourably with others (the Sub- Region) in the market of power distribution,” she also said.
Mrs. Koroma said she plans to lobby with management to provide a space and funds to establish a common room for staff in all EDSA’s branches with facilities such as comfortable seating and eating area, wall mounted widescreen TVs with DSTV, a self-contained kitchen and food preparation area with access to a fridge/freezer, microwave, etc., adding that she will ensure the provision of an open space for senior staffs to rest and dine during the break and leisure hours