Le172bn for Rural Electrification
The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance has allocated the sum of Le 172 Billion for the electrification of seven districts including, Kambia, Kailahun, Moyamba, Pujehun, Bonthe and Matru Jong.
A press release from the Finance ministry stated that in August 2020, the government, represented by the Ministers of Energy and Finance and the contractors signed the contracts for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of transmission and distribution networks in four towns, Kabala, Kambia, Kailahun and Moyamba totaling Le128, 263,110,110.
The release disclosed that government has made 30 percent advance payment amounting to Le 38,478,933,087 for the four district headquarter towns.
“The government is also pleased to inform the public that the Ministry of Energy is well advanced in the procurement processes for the remaining towns of Pujehun, Bonthe and Matru Jong. Once these processes are completed, government will immediately effect the advanced payment,” the release stated.
Finance Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa said: “This is the brand New Direction government and the electrification is part of the bread and butter package for the people of Sierra Leone.”
He said with electricity, the population in these targeted rural towns will now be able to preserve their food, do business and make money.
“Electricity will also aid children to study with ease rather than subjecting them to local made lamps or Chinese lights that do not last long. This is a big boost and that more is on the way, he said.
Just this year the New Direction government has light up Bathurst Village outside the capital Freetown, a settlement that has existed for over 204 years without electricity.