Story by Ahmed Fonike
The Deputy Minister 1 - Former Maj. Ismael Sengu koroma and team has formally launched a solar project in Segbwema
on Thursday 18th June 2015.
The project is sponsored by four International Organizations, implemented by the Promoting of Renewable Energy
Services for Social Development (PRESSD) Sierra Leone and owned by the Ministry of Energy on behalf of the people to
salvage the problem of access to electricity supply in that rural area. In his remarks, Minister Sengu Koroma stated that
electricity supply is still paramount to government’s Agenda for Prosperity as it brings development in various ways (social
and economic aspects). He continued that government through the Ministry of Energy has plans to supply electricity once
again in all District headquarter towns across the country. Before launching, he assured the people that the Ministry will
monitor the project to ensure that what is good for the people is done. The Ministry’s Technical Adviser - Dr. Patrick
Tarawalli, the Energy Directors - Ing. Benjamin Kamara and Ing. Paul Saffa also made meaningful contributions.

Funding came from the European Union and partnership and support from IBIS who did the educational aspect, ENFO
who did the engineering aspect, COOPI who provided the matrix of 11 per cent input from beneficiaries for the
sustainability of the project and WHH who provided the community ownership plan for PRESSD.
The head of project - Mr. Karl Segschneider explained the rationale for the 11 percent input from the community for the
project and how soon the community will experience change. Each of the four partners made a brief statement.
Other contributors included the paramount chief (PC James), Resident Minister East (Mr. Mya Kaikai), Hon. MP
(Abu Jajuah), Port Loko District Council (Amid Fofana). The project is replicated in six Districts across the

Author: Thomas J. Bindi
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