By Austine Luseni
Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, on July 24, 2021 officially turned on the solar lights in Madina Town,Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia District, on Saturday, where he reiterated the commitment of President Julius Maada Bio to take development to every region of the country and to particularly give Madina Town a remarkable facelift.
In his welcome address, Paramount Chief of Tonko Limba Chiefdom,PC Alimamy Bombomlahai IV, described the occasion as historic and monumental, praising the government and stakeholders like Hon. Manso Dumbuya for always thinking about Tonko Limba.
He expressed the appreciation of his people to the government for the electricity and promised that they would own and protect the facility.
While commissioning the mini grid, Alhaji Kanja Sesay recalled his days at the National Commission for Social Action, NaCSA, when he took development to Tonko Limba chiefdom. He praised Hon. Manso Dumbuya and other stakeholders in the district for their commitment to transforming lives in Kambia by arduously lobbying for development.
He spoke about how close Kambia district was to the heart of President Bio, noting that the government had recently launched an energy project with the sole aim of bringing the town’s tiring 40-year wait for electricity to an end. He told the people that electricity poles were now being erected in Kambia.
The Minister of Energy said the facility he was commissioning was quintessential of government’s rural electrification drive which he said was being aggressively pursued by the New Direction administration. He spoke about the tariff system, the sustainability and affordability of the light and the need for the people to own the project.
Son of the soil of Tonko Limba and one of the accomplished stakeholders in Kambia district, Hon. Manso Dumbuya, said the day was one of his happiest days, adding that the Sierra Leone People’s Party was treating the people of Tonko with utmost love and respect. He called on his kinsmen to reciprocate the love by embracing the SLPP government and development.
Hon. Manso Dumbuya went on to say that the people of Madina last saw electricity in 1975 and promised the people that more development would be unleashed on the chiefdom.
Power Leone’s Community Liaison Officer, Maseray Fofanah, said her company was the company that was going to operate the facility. She said Power Leone was operating in the districts of Port Loko, Kambia and Moyamba, adding that the company had registered a total of 243 customers in Madina. She concluded by saying that the customers had been trained on how they were to use the facility.
Earlier on, the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Emmanuel Junisa, gave an overview of the project. Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Guinea, Alimamy Bangura, graced the occasion.
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