After 204 years in perpetual darkness…President Bio lights up Bathurst Village
President Julius Maada Bio continues to actualize his campaign promise of expanding and ensuring sustainable electricity supply in Sierra Leone with the lighting up of the historic Bathurst Village, just outside the capital Freetown.
The commissioning of two new transformers was greeted with excitement and jubilation as residents saw light for the first time in 204 years. They thanked President Bio for living up to his promise of taking light to every town and village in the country.
Receiving the delegation, Head man of Bathurst Village, Theophilus Adeyemi Williams Thompson said: “I could not be more thrilled to see this special moment. This occasion is historic and monumentally significant to us and we say a big thank you to President Bio and his hardworking Energy Minister.”
He described the day as complete relief and social salvation for residents because according to him, since the inception of Bathurst Village, they never benefited from electricity supply.
He stated that Bathurst is now moving from perpetual darkness to glorious light and praised the New Direction Government for providing what had painstakingly eluded them for a long time.
Energy Minister, Alhaji Kanja Sesay assured the people of Bathurst of President Bio’s unwavering commitment and determination to change the narrative in not only the energy sector but other areas of development.
“I brought to you glad tidings from President Bio. I want you to know that this community is at the center of attention of the New Direction Government,” he said and assured the residents of government’s commitment to increase access to energy, as well as other amenities.
He noted that he decided to visit the community as a way of staying true to the promise he made on July 27 when the two transformers were taken that the 204-year wait for electricity supply for Bathurst was going to be history . He praised Presidential Adviser, Madam Kona Koroma and other stakeholders for their efforts in making the occasion possible and urged the community to own the transformers and to avoid illegal electricity theft.
A resident had this to say: “This is a huge step in the right direction. We shall surely enjoy what our great grandparents yearned in vain to enjoy. President Bio can’t just stop smashing records and setting new ones.”
Various dignitaries including the Deputy Chairman Western Area Rural District Council, Robert Browne; the Western Rural District Coordinator for COVID-19, Victor S.O.B. Davies and others spoke at the ceremony.