By Victoria Saffa
The Ministry of Energy and Power has signed an agreement worth US$21.8 million with the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) under the emergency power supply programme.
The signing ceremony, which was held on last Friday at the headquarters of the National Power Authority (NPA) at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, was witnessed by some officials of government, including Professor Monty Jones, Special Adviser to the President, and a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission led by Morlaye Bangura, and Engineer Amadou Diallo, Secretary General of WAPP.
According to Professor Monty Jones, the money will be used to procure fuel, lubricants, spare parts, distribution materials, pre-paid meters and capacity building for staff of the NPA.
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He added that government has spent huge amount on electricity supply since the start of the dry season in the country.
However, power supply to many homes in the capital remains irregular, with many districts of Freetown having gone without electricity for months.
Secretary General of WAPP, Engineer Amadou Diallo, said the project benefits would entail monitoring and running to full capacity NPA engines, and the provision of adequate spare parts in stock for planned and un-planned maintenance.
He explained that the WAPP project has been implemented in Guinea and Guinea Bissau, while it is at present being implemented in Mali and Sierra Leone respectively.