…Deputy Energy Minister 1
AUGUST 23,2014 By Victoria Saffa
The new Deputy Minister of Energy 1, Rtd. Major Ishmael Sengu Koroma, has expressed optimism that President Ernest Bai Koroma’s dream of providing 1,000 megawatts of electricity for private and public consumption by 2017 is achievable.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Concord Times on Monday (18 August) at his office, the retired U.S. army officer said his appointment and that of the minister and another deputy represented “a dream team consisting of an administrator, engineer and a soldier with a scientific background”, adding that the new team would ensure a significant change in effective electricity supply.
The energy sector has been the Achilles hill of the current regime despite promises of 24 hours of “clean and uninterrupted light” just after it took over leadership of the country in 2007.
The epileptic nature of power supply to the city and few cities could be partly responsible for the sacking or replacement of at least three ministers in the Energy Ministry since 2007.
However, Rtd. Major Koroma called on Sierra Leoneans to have faith in the new team – which includes Henry Macaulay, former High Commissioner to Nigeria – because they “plan to succeed where others have failed”, adding that electricity plays a pivotal role in economic growth.
He said that just few days into their administration, they have replaced ports power lines worth three hundred million Leones (Le300m), which had been stolen by thieves, as well as replaced electricity poles at Grassfield in the east of the city, following a meeting with members of the community.
Minister Sengu Koroma pleaded with Sierra Leoneans to report any clandestine activities by staff of the National Power Authority, adding that he wondered “why most Sierra Leoneans sometimes fail to give their best to national service even though they had excelled in other countries”.