The Ministry of Energy on Saturday 20th February 2016 inspected three main sites of the IDB Project under the Ministry to monitor and discern ways of fast tracking the implementation of the project.
The project is an 18 months project implemented by STEG International and Afilok under the Ministry of Energy to re-enforce and expand the low and medium voltage electricity supply in the Western Area. The three main sites visited by the Ministry, EDSA and EGTC were Hamilton, Grafton and Hastings (Ro-Gbangba) where transformers and sub-stations will be installed for improved electricity supply.
In his statements, the Minister of Energy, Amb. Henry Macauley said the project is in line with the Ministry’s mandate and President Koroma’s Agenda for prosperity. He briefed the various communities visited that the contractors do face some challenges with communities that are to benefit from the facility by posing hostility to the contractors for fixing poles on the demarcated areas. The Minister appealed therefore to these communities to cooperate with STEG International and AFILOK for the communities to get the desired services. On the implementation, the head of STEG, Dr. A.B Tarawallie explained that the project entails the supply of 10,200 prepaid meters, construction of 2 Customer Care Centers and the improvement of T & D Network in the Western Area. He added that all materials are in Freetown and 70 percent of pole fixing has been done.
Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Zainab Buya-Kamara, Deputy Director Paul Saffa, Accountant Moses Edwin and EDSA Commissioner Ibrahim Kabia also made meaningful contributions. Community heads thanked the Ministry and promised to embrace the project and cooperate with the contractors at all times.