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Energy Minister declares “Watch your neighbour”

Energy Minister declares “Watch your neighbour”

The Minister of Energy, Hon. Oluniyi Robbin-Coker (in photo), has disclosed at a press conference held at the Ministry’s conference room at Siaka Steven Street in Freetown on Friday, February 7, that a lot of Sierra Leoneans are stealing the National Power Authority (NPA) electricity and as a result the Authority is incurring huge losses.

Declaring what he called “Watch your neighbour”, the Minister called on the general public to watch their neighbours and report anybody seen stealing electricity or electric cables.

Hon. Oluniyi Robbin-Coker acknowledged that 2013 was a very difficult year for the electricity sector but maintained that they succeeded in delivering some amount of electricity to the people of Freetown and other parts of the country.

He recalled that one of the major problems was when the turbine at Bumbuna cracked and seriously disrupted the generation of electricity current.

He disclosed that the problem has now been addressed and the turbine is now working perfectly.

He predicted that d that in May and June this year NPA will provide 45 Megawatts of power generation which will be enough to supply Freetown and its environs.

He lamented that they are having some challenges with Bo Kenema Power Services (BKPS) but that there are plans for them to procure 6 Megawatts within six weeks.

He praised the NPA for having done a marvelous job in Kono where he said they have restored electricity after years of darkness.

He assured the people that by the end of March they will restore electricity to large parts of Freetown and environs.

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