IMPROVED ELECTRICITY SUPPLY FOR THE PEOPLE AT
By Ahmed Fonike
Wednesday 7th October 2015 marked another milestone in the energy Sector as the Ministry of Energy
officially launched the reinforcement and extension of the medium and low voltage network phase of the
Islamic Development Bank (IDB) project at Aberdeen in Freetown.
The project is an 18 months project with about 11 million US dollars funding from IDB alongside the
government’s counterpart contribution. A well known Tunisian electricity company called STEG
International Services clinched the contract and AFILOK Power utility serves as the project consultant.
Added to the improvement of the Network in the entire Western Area, the project also contains the aspect
of constructing two modern customer care centers in the West and East of Freetown and the supply of
prepaid meters and transformers.
In his statement before officially launching the T & D network and handing over the site to STEG, the
Minister of Energy, Ambassador Henry Macauley said about 50 transformers and 5,000 poles are going
tobe installed all over the Western Area to improve electricity supply. The Minister was quick to kindly ask
the Aberdeen community as the first point of installation to act as true consumers and partners by paying
bills, protecting electricity properties and to refrain from and discourage dubious act towards electricity. He
officially launched and handed over the site to STEG forming the high point of the occasion.
In his reaction on behalf of the Aberdeen people, Hon. David Jonson commended the Ministry for its
proactive strides in electricity supply to the people, adding that Aberdeen is very proud to have been the
first community to get the installation. He promised the Ministry that electricity properties would be
protected at all times around the community.