By LAHAI KPAKA
The Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit MCCU together with the Ministry of Energy has launched the “Roadmap for
the Reform of the Electricity Sector” at the Radisson Blue, Aberdeen in Freetown, which basically focus on the
government of Sierra Leone to achieve sustainable energy thereby by suppling 1,800 megawatt of electricity by 2030.
During the launching of the roadmap, the energy minister, Amb. Henry Macauley considered the roadmap as very
significant milestone for the government and the people of Sierra Leone, noting that it is a right to economic growth. He
unequivocally stated that the launching of the roadmap is to realize the public anticipation on sustainable electricity
supply. He reaffirmed that the achievement
of the roadmap would necessitate more industrialisation to invest in the country’s natural resources, more job creation,
expansion of manufacturing activities, increment in tax payment and reduction of bank loans. He disclosed that between
the period of 2007 to 2017, electricity has improved to over 500% with 23% customers incorporated since last year. He
noted that there are three stages needed to be accomplished to achieve sustainability on electricity supply notably,
incremental stage that requires all generations to be up and running, new investment stage that requires the
incorporation of private partnership and finally, the uninterrupted power supply stage which directly looks into the
practice of effective use of electricity, avoid illegal abstraction and the inculcation of energy conservation. He emphasized
that the plan to implement the roadmap requires strong collaboration among stakeholders and more significantly, with
utmost seriousness and urgency. In line with this, he called on relevant banks and the finance ministry in particular to
work concertedly in order to continue to provide the stable level of electricity customers are currently enjoying. “If we
lose power, it will be at the cost of business activities, healthcare, education and other prospect areas”, he affirmed.
Speaking on behalf of the Chief of Staff, the Chairman, Ing. Mustapha Kargbo who also doubles as the President adviser
for energy said in his opening remarks that the Energy Roadmap document presented by MCCU does not only
incorporate energy activities but institutional policies and legal act that were addressed, all in a bid to be line with the
value chain that will give appropriate direction to the energy sector. He pinpointed that the action plan of the roadmap is
essentially to transform the electricity network to smart one. In this regard, he appealed to developmental partners to do
more, adding that to enjoy the prosperity of electricity, there must be reliable and sustained power supply. He took into
consideration the energy revolution which he categorically conceived as a mix with the inception of renewable energy,
and made a clarion call for the government and the people of Sierra Leone to welcome such developmental phenomenon.
During a power point presentation, the consultant, Pascal Habay presented in detail the steps indicated in the roadmap
where he succinctly said that the goal is to create an enabling environment for the provision of modern energy services
for increased productivity, wealth creation and improved quality of life for all Sierra Leoneans.
Meanwhile, the various heads of Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC), Electricity and Water
Regulatory Commission, (EWRC) and Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) made strong statements
revolving around the implementation of the roadmap which was considered as outstanding reform for the energy sector.