Since President Ernest Bai Koroma ascended to power in 2007, there have been some dramatic socio-economic and political developments in the country. Yesterday, we looked at the good news announced by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security that food production has increased in the country since the President ascended to the throne by democratic elections .
Today, we look at the urban and rural electrification project of the Ernest Koroma Government which has illuminated the country. Before the All People’s Congress ( APC ) Government came to power , Sierra Leone was considered the darkest country in the world. That soon changed as President Koroma launched the thermal electricity project which restored light to the capital for the first time in decades. The Government did not stop there .It ensured that the abandoned Bumbuna Hydroelectricity Dam was completed , which brought joy to the whole nation with light provided to provincial towns. Now, the APC Government has launched the solar electricity project through which every corner and crevice of Sierra Leone is being illuminated.
This solar project , the first ever undertaken in the country, confirms the fact that the APC Government is the best deal for Sierra Leone.
We bring you a report on the progress of the solar project by the Ministry of Energy and Power of Sierra Leone :
The Government of Sierra Leone.
Ministry of Energy.
PROGRESS IN THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHTS IS IMPACTING LIVES OF CITIZENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Energy (MoE) is pleased to inform the general public that the 8,880 solar street lights pilot project is being implemented nationwide in all the four regions of Sierra Leone. This means, the North, South, East and Western Region in all the 14 Districts in Sierra Leone. Added to the 14 District Headquarter Towns, the facility is currently extended to other urban towns like Lungi, Lunsar, Koindu etc. which are also benefiting from the solar street lights.
It could be recalled that President Koroma has been telling the nation that by the end of 2017, all District Headquarter Towns plus other Urban towns will benefit from solar street lights to improve safety and security. After the current 8,880 pilot project, government intends to roll out more lights to other major towns and eventually Chiefdom Headquarters. The project which is funded with support by the Indian Government and supervised by the Government of Sierra Leone could be termed as one of the country’s most important development initiatives – Already the project has provided,the cities and big towns with solar lights in big towns as well as places like the Hospitals, Police Stations, Schools, Barracks, Mosques and Churches and even Entertainment Centres all over Sierra Leone.
Presently, many District Headquarter Towns have experienced the positive impact of the solar street lights project across the country. Western Area including Freetown strategy is being revisited in view of learnings from the pilot. The President and his government pioneered by the Ministry of Energy have been given a rousing welcome in formally launching the solar street lights in various regions and people are calling the Ministry on daily basis to express their appreciation for the solar lights across the country.
The contractors for the project are the Angelique International Limited and consulting Engineers in Sierra Leone have been the WAPCOS Limited.
For more information on the project, please contact the Ministry of Energy, 4th Floor, Electricity House – Freetown.
Mr. Oluniyi Robbin-Coker
Minister of Energy.
better life–were made priorities by the government.
LIGHT ILLUMINATES BO TOWN AT NIGHT
KAILAHUN STREET LIGHTS
BO STREET LIGHTS
President Koroma ensured that he restored electricity supply in Sierra Leone through the employment of thermal plants and the completion of the Bumbuna Hydroelectricity dam. The government has not stopped at that . Cities and towns in Sierra Leone have been illuminated through street lights powered by solar energy. This is the first time in the history of Sierra Leone that every city and town in the country is enjoying not only electricity and water supply, but bright lights all over their streets and alleys. President Koroma’s people-oriented development has made a dramatic difference in the lives of Sierra Leoneans and foreign residents. This urban and rural electrification program comes at the same time as the government is transforming the movement of people, goods and services through the construction of modern highways throughout the length and breadth of the country. Now, even Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora who visit the country, return to sing praises about the excellent developments taking place back home.
BOJON STREET IN BO IS NOW A TWO-LANE ROAD WITH STREET LIGHTS