How some NPA Managers and a bank conspire to undermine development in Makeni
For almost a year plus, in the northern city of Makeni, there has been 24 hours power supply from the main Bunbuna hydro dam. But the service, despite every effort of the central government to meeting the sufficient and adequate electricity supply, is turning to be undermined for likely self and parochial interests, by some greedy and assigned authorities. A cross section of customers for the NPA top-up in Makeni
Nevertheless, this reporter has closely been following the persistent complains of clients and customers in that part of the country. It is evident that bulks of clients and customers in specifically, Makeni, have been seriously deprived of accessing the National Power Authority’s power credit (top-up) to sustain their prepaid meters.
Investigations conducted by this medium have it that customers, including bigger institutions have been forced out of their homes as early as 5am to queue for the NPA top up. Painfully, many would queue as early as 5-6am, yet, they could not get the NPA top up regardless their daylong queue, having a system of connectivity introduced against and at the detriment of the sufferers in queues.
But investigations further proved that the some of the Authority’s Managers are said to have long signed dead contract with one the Banks in Makeni. The Bank in question, according to the disturbed customers, does not sell, nor are the customers aware of the Bank selling the NPA top up, yet some of the authorities relentless claim of doing fine business with the said Bank.
Over the days in Makeni, as the northern city hosted hundreds of authorities from across the country, including the presence of the president, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, a nifty game was played to fool the President to thinking that nothing of the worse was happening in Makeni. Neck deep in fooling the masses and the President, the authorities connived to school one of the active Banks to informing the stranded customers that they had line or connection problems; only to keep the usual long queues from the streets.
In brief interview with one of the financial Managers of the NPA, he argued even when the sales of the prepaid credit is never active and by the very Bank in question, the Manager said everything is fine, even when many of the clients are threatening court actions if system continues.
Investigations also have it that the northern city enjoys 24 hours power supply as result of the the city’s total power consumption of not more than 2.5 mega watts from Bunbuna.Prepaid meters are sold as reasonable as Le 150:000 for domestic prepaid meter, Le135:000 for Mosques/Churches and Le 165:000 for commercial use.
Watch out for full details and evidences of the bad contractual agreement with the said Bank
By Alie Mozart Sesay, Makeni
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