Deputy Minister I of Energy leads team on Public
Hearing on Environmetal Impact Assessment
By Lahai Kpaka
The Presidential Delivery Team together with EDSA and the Ministry of Energy has presented a report on Environmental Impact
Assessment during a Public Hearing to Stakeholders in Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Blama and Jerahun on Friday 11th and Saturday
12th November 2016 respectively.
In Freetown at the House of Parliament Committee Room of the New Administrative Building, the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry
of Energy, Mr. Komba Momoh who in his opening remarks stated that the essence of bringing the hearing to Parliamentarians was
to let them know what is embedded in the report. He was quick to inform the Parliamentarians about the cost of the project and its
benefit to the people of Sierra Leone. He concluded by appealing to the MPs for their continued support to the project. Presenting
the report, the Coordinator of the Presidential Delivery Team, Madam Millicent L. Ojumu highlighted the above areas where the
subsequent public hearing was going to cover.
Addressing the Stakeholders, the Deputy Minister I of Energy, Hassan Barrie and team elaborated on the Generation, Transmission
and Distribution of network which include 33KVA line that will be installed between Bo and Kenema including its environs. The
Deputy Minister noted that the said project is been funded by Africa Development Bank and DFID with a cost of $55m. He
furthered that the project would last for 24 months taking into consideration the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) project
implemented by CLSLG across the Mano River Union states including Sierra Leone. The Deputy Minister continued that
substations would be installed in the identified areas in the above towns to accommodate the flow of electricity supply through the
CLSLG network. The aim of implementing the project is to primarily improve the electricity supply in Bo, Kenema and its environs,
reduce carbon emission and as well improve livelihood and the business and industrial sector.
Presenting the report, the Local consultant of ATKINS, Alex M. Rogers disclosed that there has been a complete assessment that
has been finalized on crops and residence in all affected areas where the 33KVA line and sub-stations would be installed. He
encouraged the people to embrace the project as it would help improved their livelihood, noting that all affected people would be
contacted to receive their compensations after the popularization of the report.
The Acting Director of EDSA, Ing. Alhaji Timbo reiterated on the CLSLG project which he said would be landed in Bo, Kenema,
Blama and its environs is very important for Sierra Leone, especially the people in these areas. “The commencement of this
project will usher in factories, boost investment and primarily lead to job employment”, he poised. He appealed to the
Stakeholders to work with unity as EDSA is primarily meant to supply electricity to the people of Sierra Leone.
The Head of Health for All Coalition, Mr. Charles Mambu thanked the development partners and the government of Sierra Leone
for their stands in ensuring that the project is actualized for the people of Sierra Leone. He noted that people in the identified
areas have been suffering from poor network of electricity supply but with the implementation of this project, he noted that it
would enhance the flow of electricity supply in Eastern and Southern regions. He assured EDSA and the Ministry of Energy that
they as civil society activists would ensure strict monitoring on the implementation of the said project.
The Stakeholders who included Paramount Chiefs, Members of Parliament, Councilors, Civil Society activists and Journalists,
appreciated the Presidential Delivery Team, EDSA and the Ministry of Energy for implementing such project which according to
them is an added development in their areas. They also extended their sincere thanks to Africa Development Bank and DFID for
funding the project.