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Sierra Leone News: Seven Districts sign grievance MOU

Seven districts that are along the safe corridors of transmission line of the CLSG, WAPP project past Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the administration of TRANSCO, CLSG.
Held at the Shangri La conference hall along the Kingston upon Hull road, at Aberdeen, District Chairmen, Administrators of Council including representatives of contractors went into various working sessions, to establish a grievance committee for workers and contractors, who will be implementing the CLSG energy project, which passes through the corridors of the seven districts represented.
Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Komba Momoh, informed that it was best that the committee be established together with efforts from the district administration and the contractors who will be working directly with communities, and they need to understand and engage and encourage residents to also be part of the implementation process. He gave brief background about the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) project which aims at providing lasting solutions, through sustainable energy in the four West African states of Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Kolani Pakidane is the Environmental Coordinator for TRANSCO CLSG, emphasized that there was need to set up a grievance committee for workers and contractors, noting that already a grievance committee for the community and CLSG has been established to address all concerns of community residents in affected corridor areas, where transmission lines will pass. He said the workers and contractors’ committee will handle issues arising between workers of contractors and residents in the seven district communities, in order to be able to handle and settle disputes in a peaceful manner, which will not affect or stall project implementation.
Having agreed to the conditions stated in the Treaty for the construction, operation and development of electricity interconnection line, Cote d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea dated March 5, 2012, which was approved and ratified by the Parliament of Sierra Leone on July 5, 2013, Country Manager, TRANSCO CLSG, Paul Saffa explained that the Treaty signed by the Heads of States of Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea in 2013. He added that the International Project Agreement between TRANSCO CLSG and the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea was signed on November 8, 2013 and the Establishment Agreement between the Government of Sierra Leone and the West African Power Pool (WAPP) in 2015, including a letter of nomination of the National Monitoring Committee Members, signed on September 21, 2015 by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy.
In accordance with the World Bank Guideline and the Recommendations of the Aide-Memoire of the joint supervision mission held on April 20 -May 1, 2018, the Aide-Memoire of the 4th National Monitoring Committee session held on July 5, 2018, TRANSCO CLSG set up a Grievance Management Committee for the Workers and Contractors (GMCWC) for the resolution of protests and claims during the implementation of the Interconnection CLSG Project.
Sulaiman Kamara is the National Environmental Assistant for TRANSCO CLSG, noted that the Complaint’s Management Mechanism was developed to foster a better communication and an improved framework for resolution of protests from workers and contractors. It will allow on one hand to generate a reliable reporting on complaints, concerns, claims, objections and demands from the Workers and the Contractors and on another end, to settle the issues raised by consensus in an efficient, fast and sustainable way. In a power point presentation, Kamara added that assistants of TRANSCO CLSG in Sierra Leone country are responsible for disseminating and steering this mechanism in a procedural way so that all complaints made by stakeholders against the CLSG interconnection project are treated fairly until final resolution.
This mechanism provides the application framework and defines procedures for complaints submission, processing, monitoring, supervision and resolution. It is therefore a fundamental accountability tool for TRANSCO CLSG towards its stakeholders of the Project.
Yabom Sesay is the Chair, Tonkolili District Council noted that workers of projects will be mindful of how they carry themselves in communities, noting that with the grievance committee in place all complaints will be effectively managed and resolved, leaving no one aggrieved or feeling cheated of fair justice.
Bala Krishnan is the Manager for Health, Safety and the Environment at Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited, one of the implementing contractors, assured that the signing of the terms of reference for the grievance committee, is a commitment by all present, and which they have to uphold at all times, including educating and guiding workers with regards to the do’s and don’ts, in the various communities they may find themselves.
AC/7/7/18
By Ade Campbell
Monday July 09, 2018.

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