President Ernest Bai Koroma over the past weekend conducted a tour to the Bumbuna Hydro-Electricity Dam in Bumbuna Town.
The purpose of the tour was for the President to get first hand information on the operations, status and ongoing repair work being done on the dam to enhance maximum output. Energy has been identified by the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma as a solution for sustainable socio-economic development of Sierra Leone.
It could be recalled that when President Koroma assumed office in 2007, he promised to restore electricity to Freetown, once shamefully dubbed the darkest Capital City in the world.
|President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma flanked by senior officials of the Bumbuna Hydro-Electricity Project, inspecting the dam
Since then electricity supply to Freetown and the provinces improved remarkably as opposed to what used to prevail before. For the first time in many years electricity has returned to Makeni.
Many efforts have being exacted by President Koroma to get electricity in the homes, businesses and offices of the populace. Among them are the commissioning of the Bankasoka Mini Hydro in Port Loko funded by the Chinese, the commissioning of the Charlotte Mini Hydro in the Mountain District of Freetown, the ongoing feasibility work on the Moyamba Mini Hydro project to kick off soon with technical assistance from UNIDO, commissioning of the Bumbuna Hydro Project after 30years since it was initiated, the rehabilitation, deployment and installation of Thermal Plants in Freetown, Makeni, Bo, Kono and the introduction of solar energy through the Barefoot Solar Women Engineers with assistance from India. Despite these genuine and tireless efforts by President Koroma to electrify the whole country, there remain challenges in the provision of electricity all cross Sierra Leone, although again Freetown remains the priority area. It is for this reason that plans for the commencement of Bumbuna Phase II have already been kick started. Dr Abdul Rahim Jalloh, Director Project Implementation Unit, Bumbuna Hydro-Electricity Project, said the minimum water level is 210 meters above river bed level and would generate up to 20 mega watts.
He said the project has recruited an addition of ten Sierra Leoneans who are currently undergoing training at the Bumbuna Training Centre. The water level has gone down drastically and this is what had been hampering the frequent supply of electricity to Freetown quite recently.
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