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Turkish Ambassador Pays Follow-up visit to IGP on PIKM Regulation

Turkish Ambassador Pays Follow-up visit to IGP on PIKM Regulation By Kembay Police Headquarters George Street Freetown, Wednesday 28th February, 2024 Her Excellency the Turkish Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Madam Sibel Erkan has visited the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. William Fayia Sellu to know the SLP stands on the Police Coordination and Cooperation Center (PIKM), ahead of the 5-6 May and 15-17 July, 2024 OIC meetings in Banju and Yaounde respectively.  In her presentations, Her Excellency Madam Erkan discloses that, her visit was to know if the SLP is interested in being part of the Police Coordination and Cooperation Center (PIKM) establishment following the 13th Summit  heads of States and Government of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The PIKM she went on to explained would be established to combat terrorism, extremism, organised crime and to strengthen capacities of PIKM members states.  "For the Center to become op

Consolidating the Energy Gains..

Consolidating the Energy Gains..

Energy Sector Stakeholders  Discuss Mini Grid Operations and Challenges

 Austine Luseni
 Communications Specialist 
 Ministry of Energy 

Conference Room, Ministry of Energy,Freetown,Tuesday 12th December,2023..........The Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Eldred Taylor, together with the Chairman Presidential Initiative on Food Security,Renewable Energy and Climate Change, Dr. Kandeh Yumkellah,has superintended over what could be described as a productive energy stakeholders' engagement to discuss emerging concerns around Sierra Leone's flourishing mini grids.
The Deputy Minister of Energy said that energy was a critical driver of national development, noting that this was why President Julius Maada Bio had prioritized the sector.
He said the dialogue was meant to be an open one with the view to proferring solutions to the emerging operational challenges that the mini grid sector was faced with.

The Deputy Minister went on to say that the creation of the Office of Presidential Initiative on Food Security,Renewable Energy and Climate Change and the appointment of Dr. Yumkellah was an indication of how committed President Bio was to realizing his government's overall policy objective in the sector.

"Over the last few months, the Strategy has been able to identify 800 mini grid sites which are considered to be viable. This creates the platform for a bigger mini grid market. The impact of mini grids is phenomenal and immeasurable,"he said.
Dr. Taylor concluded by talking on the role the sector was expected to play in helping the country realize its 'Feed Salone Initiative.' He called on stakeholders to look into the issue of mini grid tariffs and praised donor partners and private sector players for their support.

Chairman Presidential Initiative on Food Security, Renewable Energy and Climate Change,Dr. Kandeh Yumkellah, said the meeting would present an opportunity for frank discussions around mini grids and for operators to lay bare the operational challenges they were facing.
Managing Director of PowerGen, Hassan Suma, spoke about the difficulties his company and other companies were faced with in relation to tariffs. He called on the authorities to look into the issue.

The energy sector reforms continue.


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