The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Energy/EDSA has solved the Meter ‘’Wahala’’ (problem) in Sierra Leone which has been going on for some time now.
This came about when the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Government took over in 2018 and decided that EDSA should focus on electricity distribution and supply while private people should embark on vending of meters through a Vendor Financing and Consignment Stock model.
As such, they came up with a Vendor Management Inventory Solution which requires private companies to invest in financing prepaid meters and vend to EDSA/Consumers.
This solution will not only complement the effort of EDSA but it will take away the stress, hassle and bureaucracy which consumers usually go through to secure prepaid meters.
According to the agreement, the companies are to ensure availability of meters at all times for the duration of their contract and remove all forms of bureaucracy and ‘sababu’.
They are also required to ensure that the turnaround time from application, payment of the fees and installation does not exceed 7 days.
As such 3 companies have been authorised as sole agents through a competitive bidding process to vend and hold stock of meters. These vendors are distributed into three regions as follows:
- Holley Technology/Barri Investment
✓ Western Area (Urban and Rural)
- Kalleone Group of Companies
- Mojec International & Elite Power Solution
This innovative idea of the Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay will ensure that consumers get electricity as and when they need it, by allowing EDSA to mobilize revenue for the people of Sierra Leone on a daily basis.
Meanwhile Sierra Leoneans have expressed happiness over the fact that the problems to secure meters will be over soon.
“This will also solve the problem of meter theft which is rampant in the country,” a resident of Freetown noted.