The Minister of Energy, Amb. Henry Olufumi Macauley on the 22nd October 2015, signed a Compact with the UK
Government through the Minister of State for DFID, the Right Honourable Grant Shappes, at the Facebook Headquarters
in London. The event was the launching of the Energy Africa Initiative, which seeks to bring rapid home solar power
solutions to rural homes. This fits squarely with President Koroma's Agenda for Prosperity and his wish to have
electricity everywhere in Sierra Leone, in all regions and Chiefdoms, as quickly as possible.
In his remarks, Amb. Macauley lauded President Koroma for his strong leadership which has helped win the fight against
Ebola and his mandate given to the Minister to double energy access and triple generation within 24 months as a key part
of the Post Ebola Recovery Strategy. The event also saw only one more country in Africa, Nigeria, signing a similar
agreement. In attendance and participation were the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osibanjo, who signed the Nigerian
agreement, the Governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria, Mallam Nasiru el Rufai, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan,
and other top dignitaries.
Part two of the event was an exhibition of solar equipment and solutions which witnessed strong statements of
commitment from private investors and finance houses. This takes Sierra Leone into the big league for Solar Energy for
Rural Electrification and the Ministry of Energy is also planning its own launching of a National Renewable Energy
Program later this year.

Author: Thomas J. Bindi
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