ENERGY MINISTRY DETERMINED TO EXPAND
LIGHT UPCOUNTRY

Story by Ahmed Fonike
With determination to expand electricity supply to the people up country, the Ministry of Energy has
inspected the Kono new Power Station and the Makali Mini hydro respectively ahead of
commissionings to expand access to electricity supply in the provinces.
In Kono, the two Deputy Ministers (Maj. Sengu Koroma and Alhaji Hassan Barrie) and team after
inspecting the new 6 MW engines installed on Saturday 23rd January 2016, the Deputy Ministers
addresses the public that it is the mandate of the Ministry to supply electricity to all areas in the
country irrespective of region, tribe and political affiliation. So, the 6 MW added to the 2 MW already
serving Kono will provide adequate electricity to the District. The Ministers commended the
contractor (D & S Associates) for a job well done in supplying and installing an up to date power
station in Kono and Lungi. They stated that an internal test run has been done at the site and it is now
to expand the network system with poles and cables so that the people can connect. ‘Abundant
electricity is here now and expect people to connect and pay their bills regularly to sustain the
service’, the Ministers added.

At the EDSA office in Kono, the head (Mr. George Sesay) briefed the team that they have been
gradually expanding the network system in the township and there is a program for the people to
pay for prepaid meters by installments as it may be difficult for many to pay for it at once.
At Makali, the Ministers assured the beneficiaries that by June this year, the long awaited mini hydro
power would be commissioned which will provide both electricity for the homes and irrigation for
agriculture. This made the people happy who sang in appreciation of what the Ministry is doing in
terms of electricity across the country.
Author: Thomas J. Bindi
Email: wisejaybee@ovi.com
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