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Black out in Freetown is not for electricity generation

… Kanja Sesay

October 11, 2019

By Mohamed Massaquoi

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Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay

Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay yesterday disclosed that government is making frantic efforts to stabilise electricity supply in the city of Freetown and the provinces, adding that the short of electricity in certain communities in Freetown is not as a result of shortfall of electricity generation, but rather electrical or technical issues.

Minister Sesay made the statement at the weekly Ministry of Information and Communications press conference in Freetown.

He said despite numerous challenges in providing constant electricity for citizens, yet his ministry has been very strategic in reviewing contracts that were signed by the previous administration to generate electricity which were not economically viable.

He added that government ensured that best contract was signed with the car power ship, so that people can have access to reliable and affordable electricity supply.

The minister further pointed out that one of the major challenges facing his ministry and the Electricity Distribution Supply Authority (DSA) and other partners is that there are still problems with the distribution lines, but explained that the transmission and distribution lines are currently under rehabilitation.

“When we asked one of the car power ships to go back to Turkey, we got negative reports from social media that electricity supply will be hampered in Freetown but the point at issue is that because of the raining season, we decided to use the Bumbuna Hydro electricity to compliment the car power ship for the eastern part of the city. The second ship will return in December in order for us to have the full complement of electricity,” he said, adding that his ministry was working very hard to address the shortfall in electricity supply in the provinces.

“I am coming from Bo and the residents of Bo and Kenema are faced with serious challenges in getting electricity. We have already put measures in place to address provincial electricity supply not only for Bo and Kenema but other parts of the country,” he said.

Asked about the distribution of electricity meters to customers, the minister said EDSA was not generating enough resources to bring more meters but however noted that the ministry has already made an arrangement with a private company to bring in prepaid meters

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