By Lahai Kpaka
VP Victor Bockarie Foh has on Friday 23rd February commissioned a 15MW substation at the Goderich community which attracted relevant stakeholders including the Japanese Ambassador and team, MoE, EDSA, former MPs and Government Ministers.
Giving the keynote address, VP Foh underscored the diplomatic relationship that has existed between the two countries since 1961 when Sierra Leone gained independence. He assured the Japanese Amb and team that the project would be utilised for its intended purpose. He maintained that thirty thousand people would benefit under the project and therefore promised stakeholders that H.E President Koroma would confidently handed over lighted country to the succeeding government after March 7, 2018 general election. He noted the country has archived 90% of electricity supply through the mix of thermal plants and solar.
Amb Henry Macauley pinpointed that the foundation of economic growth is energy, noting that from last year to the present date, the country has achieved in supply 282MW of electricity to different communities across the country. He affirmed that the success of the laudable effort came as a result of the support given by the Japanese government through JICA under its funded distribution network project in completing the 15MW substation at Goderich.
The Japanese Amb Tsutomu Himeno said the Government of Japan is very much committed in contributing to the socioeconomic development of Sierra Leone. He disclosed that the Japanese government has been supportive in diverse ways in enhancing the agriculture, infrastructure and the energy sector. He assured stakeholders that the government of Japan would heightened the existing diplomatic relationship with the government of Sierra Leone.