Energy Team dismissed as electricity dims
President Ernest Bai Koroma has dismissed his entire senior energy team following a number of outages in the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, in recent weeks. Although energy production has increased from seven megawatts to 70 megawatts in the past few years the president is concerned about the lack of progress to a target figure reported by Reuters as being 1,000 megawatts by 2017.
No replacements have, as yet, been named.
The official press release of the sackings as published on the State house website is as follows;
“In the past few weeks, several meetings were held at state house to review our energy projects.
The outcome of these meetings has left his Excellency the President with the conclusion that the ministry of energy and the national power authority have not proved themselves equal to the task of managing the implementation of our energy projects.
In consequence thereof, his Excellency the President has decided to relieve Mr. Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, Minister of Energy and Mr. Martin Bash-Kamara, Deputy Minister of Energy of their duties with immediate effect.
Furthermore, Alhaji B.E. Seisay, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Dr. Zubairu Kalokoh General Manager, and Mr. Dennis Garvey, Deputy General Manager, National Power Authority are all suspended from duty with immediate effect pending appropriate disciplinary action to be instituted against them.”