After suffering in darkness for 30 years...
Kambia District To Enjoy Electricity Supply
By Bampia James Bundu: Strategic Communications Unit, Ministry of Information and Communications
After being in darkness for 30 years, Kambia district is on the verge of enjoying electricity supply, thanks to the intervention of the astute Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, who on 17th July 2020 signed and handed over to the contractor the Kambia Township Electrification Project.
The signing ceremony which took place at the Kambia District Council hall was witnessed by eminent personalities within and without Kambia District.
Addressing the people of Kambia, Energy Minister Alhaji Kanja Sesay said that signing of the contract agreement for the electrification of Kambia township and handing over of the contractor to the authorities of Kambia is in fulfillment of the manifesto commitment of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to the people of Sierra Leone and Kambia Dictrict in particular.
He recalled that the President in his thank you visit to Kambia last year reassured the people that he would electrify the township which is exactly what they have started doing in Kambia and other district headquarter towns.
Minister Kanja Sesay underlined that electricity is not a privilege under the New Direction administration as it is considered by this government a fundamental human right that must be enjoyed by everyone irrespective of their political affiliation, ethnic or regional background.
He maintained that the project will last for 18 months as government through the Ministry of Finance has committed resources to ensure that it is actualized.
"This project is 100% funded by the Government of Sierra Leone. We are electrifying Kabala, Kambia, Moyamba, Pujehun, Kailahun and Bonthe," he said, adding that the governing SLPP believes in giving back to the people of Sierra Leone; but not costmetic projects that die out in few years.
Alhaji Kanja Sesay urged the security sector and traditional authorities to monitor the contractors and ensure that the equipments are not stolen or misused by any person or persons within and out of the district.
He informed that the project will get underway in two weeks time and will be completed within the stipulated timeframe as government remains committed to providing the funds as required.
The Chief Administrator Kambia District Council, Dr. Edward Alpha, stated that as administrators and not politicians, their job is to actualize the policy statements of politicians.
Kambia District, according to him, has a huge growth potential and with energy there will be economic boom in the district.
As Council he said that the intervention will enable them raise more revenue from own source businesses.
He assured the minister and the contractor of their commitment to the success of the project and appealed to the contractor to always visit the Council if they need any assistance.
The Chairman Kambia District Council, Mohamed Yaya Bangura, described President Bio as a listening President who cares about all Sierra Leoneans irrespective of political affiliation.
He furthered that what the President is doing in Kambia is in fulfilment of the promise he made during his thank you visit to the district and they are happy to see that he is a man of his words - TALK AND DO President.
He disclosed that since 1980 to date Kambia District has been in total darkness which he referred to as a recipe for backwardness and hardship in the district.
He noted that with the electrification of the township business and the the livelihood of the people will improve significantly.
He thanked the President through the Energy Minister and assured him of their total support to making the electrification project a reality.
Giving an overview of the project, Engineer James Rogers discribed it as massive, assuring that it will stand the test of time.
He disclosed that the company will be installing One Thousand Five Hundred (1500) poles, 18 transformers, 64,000 meters of cable used, and 21 Ring Main Units installed, among other accessories.
He added that the project will serve about 300 households within the township during the first phase.