Sustainable supply of Electricity to the People in major Cities and Towns has been one of the key issues at the top of the agenda of the Rtd Brig Julius Maada Bio led New Direction SLPP government.
The appointment of Alhaji Kanja Sesay as Energy and Power Minister by President Julius Maada Bio therefore, has since spoken volume about the huge seriousness President Bio attaches to electricity .Alhaji Kanja Sesay is not only a committed, dedicated and successful person in government and Private offices he has led before, but he is arguably the most trusted individual President Bio can rely on to achieve success in this very crucial Social provision.
He is widely held to high esteem by the general public and he is equal to non in the struggle to have Rtd Brig Julius Maada Bio as President of Sierra Leone through the SLPP.
Perhaps it was as a result of that total confidence in his Minister of Energy and Power Alhaji Kanja Sesay, that made President Bio to openly boasts in Bo City in late October that he had a Minister of Energy and Power with whom he President Bio can go to sleep and sleep well with no worries about electricity. He therefore confidently promised Botonians that adequate electricity supply to the City will commence before this Christmas. But even before that promise by the President, the hard working Energy Minister and his loyal and dedicated Deputy Dr Eldred Tunde Taylor alongside their very experienced Energy Engineers have already set in motion physical works towards sustainable electricity supply in Bo City.
Little under Two weeks to Christmas and in order to ensure that the promise made by the President is actualised ,the Minister and some of the most Senior Officials that forms the Ministry have in this weekend temporary relocated in to Bo City and work at the power house situated along Tikonko Road is going on around the clock.
Among the senior officials that are competing with junior Staff to lift both light and heavy equipments at the power house are, the Deputy Director General of EGTC Engineer John A Kabia ,Deputy Director General of EDSA Engineer Francis Nyuma ,Ministry of Energy and Power Technical Adviser Dr Patrick Tarawaly and Provincial Services Manager Engineer Unisa Samura.
Explaining some details about the work on going at the power house at the moment, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of EDSA Southern Region Mr Sulaiman Koroma intimated that the Christmas period set by the Ministry for adequate power supply in Bo was on cause and would happen even before Christmas day.
According to the EDSA Southern Region mouth piece ,the Ministry just around the period of the Presidential promise for light in Bo,had brought in an Independent Power provider EMCO with machines that can provide substantial amount of Mega Watts to Bo City. But according to PRO Sulaiman Koroma, the EMCO project along the line has posed some minor challenges that has in turned posed a minimal delay to meet the December 20th period the Minister has since insisted on. But because of the high level of knowledge, experience and cordiality existing between the Minister and those senior Officials both in the Ministry and at field, a contingency plan was developed and advanced by the Minister and accepted by his senior Officials.
That contegency plan Mr Koroma said involved reparing Three MTU machines and bringing in Two Thermals and one other machine from EMCO. All these machines combine Mr Sulaiman Koroma say can provide a huge amount of Mega Watts and can fulfill the Presidential promise.
This author himself sneaked in to the main Bo power house late Saturday afternoon December 15th 2018. And can categorically state that serious work on the machines is going on. And is more than likely that Bo will celebrate Christmas with abundant light.
Interestingly all efforts to have the hard working Minister to talk on the huge work did not yield any fruit. He only casually stated that Work and not talk is what his President has preached and that what he believed in. His refusal to talk was not however surprising because he hardly talks about his good work either privately or as a Public functionary.