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Sierra Leone News: Stable and secure electricity is key for national development- Finance Minister

(L-R) Mohamed Sheriff, Jacob Jusu Saffa

The Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa has said that stable and secure electricity, that is accessible and affordable, is important for national development, for household needs as well as for economic industrial progress. A TRANSCO CLSG team led by its General Manager, Mohamed Sheriff, visited the Minister earlier this week. Jacob Jusu Saffa told the visiting team that since he was appointed minister he has gone through the files and was also briefed about the on-going project, which will be a big plus in solving the electricity problems in four West African Countries. The TRANSCO CLSG interconnection within the four West African Countries of Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will bring enormous optimism to Sierra Leone’s quest to become a power house, in the energy sector around the sub-region. He urged the TRANSCO management to redouble its efforts to fast track and complete the work, according to what was agreed in the project document. “Since the inception of the project, both local and International energy companies have been working round the clock in collaboration with locals in the various communities to ensure more quality work is done, and also making use of time”. Mohamed Sheriff is the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG while explaining the design, implementation and progress of the project with support from the West Africa Power Pool said electricity constitutes the critical infrastructure of nations, and that CLSG will provide the much needed relief in the four West African states, especially rural communities, which is the main cause for migration into urban cities. “Electricity is one of the basic needs that governments must provide to its people, as it brings along national security and public safety, when every community is connected”, the General Manager assured. The Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay reaffirmed government’s commitment to the power project, noting that Sierra Leoneans are hungry and eagerly awaiting the completion of the interconnection line to boost more economic activities across Sierra Leone.


By Ade Campbell

Thursday January 10, 2019.



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