Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay has appealed to the people of Kailahun district to reciprocate the many social and infrastructural benefits the district has enjoyed during the reign of the New Direction Government by voting for President Julius Maada Bio at the June 24th, 2023 elections.
The minister made this statement while speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony marking the official presentation of thermal plants to the people of Kailahun in fulfillment of the generation component of the Kailahun Township Electrification Project.
Welcoming the Minister and his entourage, Paramount Chief of Luawa Chiefdom, PC Kailondo Banya described Kailahun district as a shining example of the genuine realization of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) development aspirations and a mainstay of the ruling party’s support base.
He said the provision of electricity in addition to the construction of the Pedembu-Kailahun and Kailahun- Koindu roads has been a developmental game-changer in the district, citing the social and economic boom that has been triggered by the conspicuous and ubiquitous presence of mini-grids in the district.
While presenting the machines with a combined capacity of 2MW, Energy Minister, Alhaji Kanja Sesay said the township of Kailahun would benefit from what he called a hybrid energy project, noting that solar energy would be provided to complement the thermal plants with particular reference to the provision of electricity during the day.
He commended the contractors for doing a magnificent job, adding that the Kailahun Township Electrification Project would right the electricity wrongs that Kailahun has had to endure for far too long.
Sesay spoke about some 500 meters they had provided for installation at critical facilities like schools, hospitals, administrative centers, and homes of stakeholders.
He called on the people to make good use of the facility and to renew their collective commitment to overwhelmingly voting for President Bio.
Former Honourable Member of Parliament for Constituency 004, Hon. Sartie Banya, thanked President Bio and the Minister of Energy for undertaking a project as ambitious as the seven districts electrification project.
He appealed to the Minister for an extension of the facility to emerging communities in the township.