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In Sierra Leone, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma Commissions 11kv/33 Kv Transmission
Jun 23, 2009, 17:02
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President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma said he was pleased to commission the Regent Primary Substation and the 11kV/33kV Transmission Line which were constructed through the Japanese Grant Project for Urgent Improvement of Electricity Power Supply systems in Freetown. He said this marks another important milestone in the efforts of Government to provide electricity supply to the people. 

President Koroma recalled that it was almost a year ago when he launched this project, and therefore pleasantly surprised to be called upon to commission the completion of the first phase of the work. He said this indicates the efficient and timely manner in which this project was implemented and demonstrates the expertise of the Japaneses consultants, contractors and their local partners. He congratulated all the project staff, the Ministry, NPA and Japanese counterparts for their excellent performance in completing the project in record time.

President Koroma explained that he has been very much interested in the project since its inception, when he placed the earth rod on the site in June last year and have been receiving regular updates on the progress of the project. 

He said he was informed that this first phase is to be followed soon by the 2nd phase which is a 10Mega Watts power house undergoing construction in Kingtom, adding that the 10Mega watts power plant will add considerably to the generating capacity in Freetown and supplement power supply from Bumbuna during the dry season.

President Koroma said the accomplishment of this first phase project and gift to the people of Sierra Leone reinforces the strong bilateral relations between the two Governments and Peoples, and demonstrates the support from Japan in our energy sector.

He intimated the public that his government acknowledges with satisfaction the support from the Government and people of Japan through JICA, not only in the energy and water sectors but also in Youth Employment, Agriculture and other technical training programmes to strengthen our human resource capacity.

President Korma revealed that energy remains a top priority in his governments Agenda for Change programme, especially in the development tripod along with agriculture and infrastructure.

He believed the multiplier effect of adequate and reliable energy will impact on all sectors of the country and revitalize the economy and improve the standard of living of the people. He said the project will facilitate the supply of electricity to the Rural Western Area and also improve the distribution network and capacity to transmit electricity from Bumbuna power station to the local communities.

President Koroma reaffirmed that his government remains very much committed to implementing its energy programme throughout the country, and the utilization of hydro electric power and other forms of renewable energy such as solar power will be vigorously explored especially for the electrification of rural communities.

He said his government will therefore encourage the development of appropriate technology and solicit support from development partners to work with national institutions, the private sector and non governmental organizations to create access to electricity for the rural communities.

He then invited Ambassador Katakami of Japan to join him in performing the commissioning and inspection of the substation facilities. The Minister of Energy and Water Resources, other ministers, JICA and top government officials, witnessed the occasion.

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