President Ernest Bai Koroma has on Friday 28th July 2017 officially launched the Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP) at Conakry Dee where he emphasized on community Stakeholders to claim ownership of solar facilities installed under the four years project.
He said the launching of the RREP is a milestone and great achievement to not only the people of Kaffu Bullum Chiefdom but to the people of the county as whole. He affirmed that the project would enhance business activities that would help sustain their livelihood. President Koroma added that school going pupils would also benefit from the project by utilizing the solar power for their studies. He intimated Stakeholders that the project is an outsized one that primarily seeks to ensure energy sustainability within the energy sector. In this regard, he called on all stakeholders to continue giving their support to the project as they would immensely benefit by having electricity supply in their Community Health Centres (CHCs) and their homes as well.
He noted that his government would continue to implement more projects with support from donor partners to improve the livelihoods of Sierra Leoneans and to ensure sustainable growth in the energy sector. The President re-emphasized on the need for community people to provide better care for the facilities in order to realize sustainable power supply.
President Ernest Bai Koroma Officially Launches Rural Renewable Energy Project in Conakry Dee
He commended DFID for its outstanding financial support in ensuring that the project is been materialized to the people of this country. He further extended his appreciation to UNOPS for implementing the project.
President Koroma then subsequently commissioned the PV Solar system at the Community Health Centre by switching on the PV Solar system which instantly supplied electricity to the entire Health Centre. The occasion was witnessed by MPs, Community stakeholders including Paramount Chiefs, representatives from DFID, UNOPS, government ministries including Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
The Head of UK Aid (DFID), Sally Taylor informed Stakeholders that the project would contribute to Sierra Leone economic development through increased access to power supply for community people. She maintained that the project would support the government to achieve its plan on energy sustainability. She reminded all present that the project would cover 54 CHCs and 50 communities that would target more than 300 households in various communities across the country. She affirmed that DFID would continue to support the government of Sierra Leone in this sector as it is anchored with the Presidentís Recovery Priorities.
In order to ensure sustainability of the project, an MoU was signed among the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
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