NPA Stagnates Business in Central Freetown
Business in the central business district of Freetown in the early afternoon hours of yesterday May 19, 2010 came to a standstill in the areas bordering Rawdon Street-Siaka Steven Street intersection, Wilberforce Street going up to PZ RoundaboutÂ when over head cables sparked in live fire works, sending commuters and business people running helter-skelter for their lives.
The incident which persisted for about 15 to 20 minutes left the said streets in virtual commotion as people fearing for their lives hustled and rumbled into one another causing an unprecedented pandemonium in the usually overcrowded region of the capital Freetown. People in running vehicles stepped out, abandoned their vehicles and sought for refuge from the blaring fiery sparks of the over head cables that continually held unto the freedom of the people; an incident most have blamed on the bad workmanship of the Technical Staff at the National Power Authority.
Abu Whyte Kamara, a mobile Phone seller at Rawdon Street complained that the sparks even though was the biggest since he began trading in the area some 7 years ago, such sparks though he said has been the status quo of NPA installation in the central business district. According people staying around the area, this incident occurs whenever some heavy breeze blows; clanging the cables that lead to the dreadful electrical commotion that stall business and movement of people in the busiest hub of the city.
Upon contacting a few business enterprises to see if there were any damage caused by the dreadful sparks; Sierra Express Media were informed by many that it was yet too early to diagnose any damage caused whilst others reported that their businesses were running on generators when the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, the sparks were abated after many calls to the control panel of the NPA distribution depot and business people are now worried as to when the company will be able to fix the problem for life and business to go on.
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