By Ahmed Fonike.
Wednesday 9th March 2016 marked another milestone to the development of electricity in Sierra Leone
as the Minister of Energy, Ambassador Henry Macauley formally launched a 6 MW Solar Park project at
Newton in the Western Rural Area.
The objective of the project is to improve and increase access to electricity that is affordable and
sustainable for the socio-economic benefits to the people of Sierra Leone. The project is an 18 million US
dollars and Abu Dhabi through a loan agreement with the Ministry in 2014 is funding 9 million US
dollars. The implementation is expected to last for 12 months and the implementing Consortium is ASIC
& MULK Consortium.
In his statement before launching, the Minister said access to electricity is a right to the citizens and not a
privilege adding that Constituency 95 as the host of this solar project should embrace the project and
protect the facility all the time. Ambassador Macauley continued that the project is a development -
driven of the government’s Agenda for Prosperity and the Ministry is mandated to provide electricity to
all citizens in Sierra Leone. He mentioned that Western Area has 20 percent of electricity while the rural
area has just 5 percent which he said is not good enough in terms of equitable access to electricity.
Minister Macauley however furthered that providing electricity is not cheap and so alternative means
must be provided from different sources of energy. He stressed on the protection of the facility by the
beneficiaries so that electricity can be sustainable.
Briefing the public on the ministry’s new initiative, the Minister explained that in two months’ time,
Sierra Leone experience an Energy revolution in which all the 149 Chiefdoms of the country will be
The occasion was chaired by the deputy Director of Energy, Rev. Ing. Paul Saffa and the Chairman of the
Western Rural District, Alhassan Cole, the Member of Parliament, Hon. Claude D.M Kamanda and the
Head of the project PIU, Dr. Partick Tarawalli made meaningful Contributions.

Author: Thomas J. Bindi
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