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In Sierra Leone, Energy Minister Speaks on Bumbuna
By Mike Gibril
May 7, 2009, 17:26
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The Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Professor Ogunlade Davidson, has re-echoed the position of Government insofar as the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project was concerned. He was speaking at his first news conference held yesterday at the Ministry’s Conference Hall at the Electricity Building in Freetown.

He said the project was all ready to kick off but that they were just waiting on the rainy season to start proper so sufficient water could be collected into the Dam to spin the turbines.

Professor Ogunlade Davidson also informed that concrete and other permanent structures that had been built along the right of way as well as along high voltage electricity lines would be demolished without fear or favour as they were impediments to the project’s success.

He also informed pressmen that Freetown’s Transmission and Distribution system was frail and ailing and needed to be urgently rejuvenated so as to efficiently carry Bumbuna’s powerful electricity current. He said plans were well underway to end wastages in the energy and water sectors.

Speaking about employees in the energy and water sector, the professor urged them to be courteous at all times to customers. In a subtle jab at his predecessor, who stands accused of having rushed to sign a cumbersome contract with Income Electrix, Professor Ogunlade Davidson said he would be soon employing a lawyer dedicated for the Ministry who would ensure that all contracts signed by the Ministry, protected the interests of the Ministry.

Also speaking yesterday at the Minister’s first press briefing were the Heads of departments of the various sectors including SALWACO, Guma Valley Water Company as well as Radioactive Department.


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