No alternative For EDSA Customers
I went to buy top up at the jam-packed EDSA office on Siaka Stevens Street when frustrated customers in the long queues were debating furiously to quit what they described as poor electricity service but have no alternative because the electricity distribution is monopolized by Government.
Some were even shedding tears with sarcastic remarks against EDSA’s establishment that they have gone for many weeks without effective electricity supply. The most disheartening part of the story according to customers who were fighting in the long queues is that, EDSA’s authorities did not give a prior notification by putting out any press release to tell the public about the authority’s new plan to change all the outdated Apator meters and replaced them with more sustainable meters until the public started lashing at the Government through the media and other social gatherings.
According to customers who were patiently waiting to top up their meters on a daily basis, the general increase of the electricity tariff is just a minor issue but the major problem is the refusal of EDSA to provide sustainable electricity, a process that has given many customers headaches since the department was transformed from National Power Authority (NPA) to Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA).
Although the Minister of Energy, Henry Macauley have on several media interviews claimed that the energy sector is not only on the right direction but it wattage potential has increased considerably in President Ernest Bai Koroma’s Government than any other administration. He may be right but the million dollar question customers are asking is that, when the issue of flip plops electricity distribution will be a thing of the past? , As many of our citizens have passed away without the trust that Sierra Leone will one day light up with a 24 hour nonstop electricity supply.
President Koroma has changed many Ministers of Energy just to find a sustainable means of strengthening the national power distribution but non among them has been able to prove him right as the electricity problem still remains a tropical matter.
Customers are therefore appealing to the Government of Sierra Leone to find an alternative means of distributing electricity to nationals because they said; the authority is incompetent enough to manage electricity nationwide.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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