January 26, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Stakeholders in the energy sector yesterday adopted an action plan prepared to ensure a successful implementation of the Electricity Sector Roadmap, which was launched in November, 2017.
The Roadmap will ensure the operationalisation of the electricity sector restructuring that began in 2014- with the unbundling of the National Power Authority to the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) – and the Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC).
The $2.9million funding for the design of the roadmap by Adam Smith International was provided by the Millennium Challenge Corporation Unit (MCCU) under their Threshold Programme that started in 2016
According to the Director of the Electricity Sector Reform Project, Sanira Deen, their intervention is a soft spot, citing capacity building to ensure that activities in the roadmap, which has brought about an action plan, are fully implemented.
She said the roadmap has a lot of activities, including looking at the legislation, which according to her, needed amendments and disclosed that implementation of the roadmap has already begun and will last for a thirteen -year period.
“Our support to the sector is a soft one. We will ensure that the roadmap is fully implemented,” she said and noted that they are expecting that through the roadmap, the energy sector will no longer rely on government to solve issues.
Minister of Energy, Ambassador Henry Macauley, stated that before the intervention of the MCCU through the United States government, the sector was faced with serious problems, including generation, distribution, transmission and capacity, among others.
He said because the sector was grappling with problems, there was an urgent need for immediate, middle and long term interventions, hence the intervention of the MCCU.
“We need things to be done now. As you all know, there is a universal access for all by 2020 and we have to follow that path. We want to have 100% electricity access by that time. We are not only going to address our local problems but we want to ensure that we are aligned internationally,” he said.
With regards the short term intervention in the action, Director of the Public Private Partnership in the office of the State House Chief of Staff, Mohamed Abu Kamara, said first is to ensure that the sector is self-sustainable financially and also make lots of room to employment services for quality service delivery.