March 22, 2017 By Ahmed & Lahai
The launching of the training exercise was based on installation, maintenance and business operations for solar systems.
It was held at the Ministry of Youth Affairs which saw in attendance of representatives of youths from different Ataya base Organisations across the country and various stakeholders within the Energy sector.
Speaking on behalf the Minster of Youth, Permanent Secretary, Adikali Samura specified that as the training has incorporated young and dynamic youths across the board, they should consider it as their future goal.
He encouraged them to be self-reliant and ensure that they utilise the training to empower not only themselves but others who would be interested in capacitating themselves through the Renewable Energy Revolution.
The Executive Director for Campaign for Good Governance, Valnorah Edween, expressed the need to achieve sustainable development goal on energy.
She made a clarion call for young and dynamic women’s participation in the energy sector, noting that women should take advantage to capacitate themselves whenever there was an opportunity.
She emphasised on the need to uphold integrity at the highest esteem, noting that they should be transparent when they start actualizing their potentials on the skill learnt from the training exercise.
The Country Director of Ignite Power, Herman Chinez-Hesse in his statement said that after the training exercise, a solar unit which constitute light, a charger, radio, meter and a solar plate would be given to the trainees to carry out their functions.
He intimated that a total cost of Le46, 000 was required for the installation of a solar unit with an addition of Le14, 000 for weekly payment.
In this regard, he disclosed that potential customers would have right of ownership on solar unit after two years and noted that the aim of initiating the strategy was to ensure that light becomes pervasive in the country under the Renewable Energy Revolution.
Given the keynote address, the Minster of Energy, Amb. Henry Macauley informed the trainees that the launch was to showcase the evidence of solar installation in the country in fulfilling the objective of the recently signed Energy Compact last April.
He pinpointed that during his appointment to the office as Minister, his vision has been to electrify cities and provincial towns in accordance with the Energy Revolution Program that was launched by H.E Ernest Bai Koroma last April.
He noted that as electricity forms an integral part to the livelihood of Sierra Leoneans, “light is a right which every Sierra Leonean should enjoy,”.
He further educated all present that after the installation of these solar devices, they would produce energy within ten minutes, noting that the devices are useful to residents and local business enterprises across the country.
Taking into consideration the contract signed by H.E Ernest Bai Koroma in 2012 to empower the youth, the Minister stated that electricity has the power to turn all wheels of strategic areas like health, education, agriculture and the business sector as well.
He noted that youth empowerment in the energy sector is vital for the development of these areas. He encouraged them to start considering themselves as employers instead of employees, noting that they are the future contributors in society.
Minister Macauley continued that to enhance the energy sector, the Ministry has combined generation with the installation of solar devices to ensure that electricity supply is pervasive in the whole country. He said the project embraces the President’s Agenda for Prosperity and the President Priority Recovery Program, adding that president Koroma is trying through the energy sector to come out with creative ideas to enhance electricity supply throughout the country.
He thanked and appreciated the Ataya base members (an umbrella group) for being part of the developmental strides with the government on Renewable Energy.
Minister Macauley concluded that the ushering of Ignite Power in the energy sector would create a platform for private sector inclusion and provide sustainable solutions for rural electrification. He thanked Ignite Power for their active step towards ensuring that solar home systems electricity supply becomes visible across the country.