NPA and the rotten transformers
Since the coming into being of the Bumbuna Hydro project and the unending stories about its economic viability or liability, the National Power Authority (NPA) has been overwhelmed by the huge expectation of the energy consuming public.
Regrettably, the nation’s power house has failed in its task to provide reliable and ’clean’ electricity supply to many areas in the city, thereby damping the expectation of the people.
The blame for the poor supply of electricity has always been shifted back and forth between NPA management in Freetown and the Hydro dam at Bumbuna.
Sadly, even at the peak of the rainy season when Bumbuna (Phase One) is expected to operate at full blown, power supply remained very, very low in Freetown. In some parts of the city it will take weeks before they can get a glint of the energy.
If ever Bumbuna manages to supply light it will not charge a simple mobile phone. The explanation has been the non-availability of transformers in certain locations in the city.
It is shameless to note that even though these rotten transformers have been in existence for decades no sincere effort has been made to get new ones in reasonable quantity.
Instead, NPA continues to deprive its customers of this vital commodity with flimsy explanations that the establishment has not been generating revenue because people are not paying their monthly bills.
We in this medium won’t imagine NPA would expect people to pay bills for what they have not consumed.
Even simple tasks such as replacing a faulty electric pole, it will take a number of weeks before NPA could attend to the problem, not to talk of replacing a faulty transformer.
Take for example places like Kissy Road, Wellington, Calaba Town and its environs. The people in these places had to bless their stars if they are ever lucky to get electricity even for a week.
Too sad! It is an understatement, indeed, to suggest that NPA is a national disgrace. NPA is a complete disaster!
No wonder Bumbuna is performing dismally in the thick of massive rainfall.
Will some one care to tell NPA to do something quickly about their rotten transformers scattered across the city?
We are totally disappointed, to say the least!
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