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In spite of the appointment of Professor Ogunlade Davidson (in photo) as expert Minister in the Ministry of Energy and Power and the acclaimed successes credited him so far, the electricity crisis still persists, a development many say constitutes a shame to the ministry, the Government and President Ernest Bai Koroma who had long declared the Bumbuna hydro-electric power supply as his flagship development project.
After the embarrassingly long break and malfunctioning of the Bumbuna project, the Energy and Water Resource minister, Ogunlade Davidson has again declared that the Bumbuna hydro power plant has resumed the supply of electricity to Freetown and its environs but the Freetown power supply has been suddenly caught in a spell of fluctuations contrary to claims by the learned professor.
Earlier this year, Professor Ogunlade Davidson said the supply of electricity was terminated in April because of low water level and routine maintenance on the plant. A cross section of the general public including the media has however seen the much talked about Bumbuna electricity as a hasty feat of impressionism that is blighted by as many problems as one could imagine Â necessary.
However, the Minister has announced that by December this year, power supply from Bumbuna would be extended to the northern city of Makeni, Magburoka and Lunsar, adding that â€œwork on the second phase of the project is expected to commence soon but that Phase II would require some 30,000,000 Euros, producing an expected output of 400 megawatts.
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