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MCCU boosts EGTC and EWRC

April 23, 2019

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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Director General of EWRC, Emmanuel Mannah receiving the equipment

The Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) has handed over vehicles, motorbikes, computers, printers and other office equipment to the Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC) and the Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC).

The provision of the equipment worth $140, 106 was made possible under the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s threshold program for Sierra Leone, which focused mainly on energy and water.

During a brief handing over ceremony on Wednesday 17 April, 2019, Chief Executive Officer of MCCU, Ndeye Fatu Koroma stated that the equipment would  enhance the work of the two institutions.

“We are happy today that we are able to provide vehicles, motorbikes, computers, printers and other office equipment for EGTC and EWRC to be able to do their work efficiently. The threshold program is really base on trying to build the capacity of these institutions to be able to deliver on their mandate,” she said.

She said a lot has been done under the threshold program for the aforementioned institutions, citing the work on EWRC tariffs.

She added that during their engagements and conversations, it became very clear that while they provide the support for the policies to enhance institutional capacity, they also needed to provide the tools that those institutions would need in order to carry out their work effectively and efficiently.

“We want to see an improved delivery of services in the electricity sector in Sierra Leone,” she added.

Chairman of EGTC Board of Directors, David Lansana Kamara said: “I am not surprise with this kind of support from the MCCU because of what they have done. I am happy that the MCC identifies water and electricity supply as key development challenges in Sierra Leone.”

He thanked the MCC for such laudable gifts, which according to him will play a key role in their operation and promise that it will be used for the intended purpose.

“This equipment will help in enhancing the potential of the company. This equipment is very much essential for our work,” he said.

Also speaking, Director General of EWRC, Emmanuel Mannah, stated that they came into existence as a result of the unbundling of the then National Power Authority (NPA) and through the support of the MCC, they have been able to develop sixteen (16) regulations.

He added that they have already held positive consultations around the regulations across the country and that they sure that in the next couple of weeks, it will be taken to parliament for ratification.

“We need this kind of equipment so that our monitors can do their work effectively. We are very happy, particularly with the vehicles and bikes. These are the tools we us to do our work. We really appreciate this gesture and we hope this relationship will continue,” he said.

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