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Energy Crisis in Sierra Leone

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In a candid address during the Government Weekly Press Conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, Joe-Lahai Sormana (PhD), the Director General of the Energy Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), shed light on the critical issue of soaring energy demand outpacing infrastructure capabilities in Sierra Leone.

Speaking to a gathering of journalists and officials, the Director General delved into the intricacies of the country’s energy landscape, emphasizing the unprecedented surge in demand for power. Despite concerted efforts to bolster network infrastructure, the relentless growth in demand poses formidable challenges for the authorities.

He highlighted the strides made by the Government in enhancing access to electricity in recent years, underscoring the persistent imbalancebetween the burgeoning demand and the network’s capacity to deliver. This disjunction not only strains existing infrastructure but also jeopardizes safety standards.

“Despite our endeavors to expand and fortify the network, we find ourselves grappling with the ever-mounting demand for electricity,” he emphasized. It is imperative to tread cautiously, prioritizing the stability and sustainability of the country’s power supply.

Acknowledging the populace’s rightful entitlement to reliable electricity, he implored patience as the Government navigates the complex terrain of energy distribution. Collaborative efforts, including partnerships with donor organizations and strategic investments in network expansion initiatives, are underway to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

“Balancing the imperative of meeting demand with safety and sustainability necessitates prudent decision-making,” he stressed, assuring that they remain committed to addressing the energy deficit while upholding stringent safety protocols

The Director General concluded by emphasizing the significant hurdles involved in addressing the growing energy requirements of both the city and the entire nation. Despite the limitations posed by the existing infrastructure, the government remains resolute in its commitment to improving electricity access for all citizens.

He affirmed, “Through a careful balance of meeting demand while prioritizing safety and sustainability, we are unwavering in our quest for a resilient and reliable power supply in the years ahead.”

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