Just In : Energy and power Minister resigns

The Minister of Energy in Sierra Leone, Alhadji Kanja Sesay, resigned on Friday amidst ongoing disruptions to the country’s electricity supply. The official reasons for his resignation have not been provided, and the energy ministry has not responded to requests for comment. As a result, President Julius Maada Bio has taken direct control of the ministry, with the assistance of two other officials, according to a press release from the presidency.

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Sesay’s resignation coincided with the government’s payment of $18.5 million to two power providers, Turkish Karpowership and Transco-CLSG group. Sierra Leone had a total outstanding debt of $40 million to these providers. It remains uncertain whether Sesay’s resignation is connected to these payments.

Following the announcement of the payments, power was restored in Freetown after a two-month period of outages, as reported by an AFP journalist. Karpowership has been supplying electricity to Sierra Leone since 2018 through a floating offshore unit. However, due to issues with payments, its capacity had been reduced from 65 megawatts to just five in recent months.

In response to the latest payment, the Turkish group expressed their satisfaction, stating, “We are pleased to confirm that the electricity supply has returned to full capacity in Freetown” in a statement.

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