The Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay has on Saturday 23rd May 2020 commissioned an additional 250kv transformer at the Yams Farm Community to help boost electricity supply at the newly established COVID-19 treatment centre at the Peace Mission Training Center (PMTC). Commissioning the 250kva transformer, the Energy Minister said he received information from the Minister of Defence complaining about low voltage at the PMTC COVID-19 treatment centre where the available electricity supply cannot power the medical equipment. He admitted that the available transformer that is providing electricity for the Center and the community is 160kv which is very small considering the rapid development that is taking place in the community and the medical equipment that has just been installed at the PMTC. The Energy Minister explained that normally whenever they are installing an upgraded transformer in any community they will remove the smaller one to be placed in another community but considering the strategic location of Yams Farm particularly with the PMTC COVID-19 treatment center they will allow both transformers to operate with a total of 410kv. He assured Yams Farm will now enjoy sustainable and high quality uninterrupted energy supply to ensure patients at the treatment centre access their required treatment. The Commanding Officer at the PMTC COVID-19 treatment center, Brigadier-General, Abubakarr Conteh, disclosed that with concerns from the medical officials at the treatment centre and the community people, he decided to call the attention of the Minister for the provision of an additional transformer. He maintained the treatment centre requires uninterrupted electricity that will enable the medical practitioners perform their functions effectively as the previous transformer cannot provide the required energy to switch on most of the equipment. He assured that he will ensure collaboration with the community people to provide adequate security for both transformers. The Yams Farm community Head-man, Foday Conteh, commonly known as ‘Foday Yams Farm’, expressed appreciation on behalf of his people for the additional transformer, explaining that people have been complaining of low voltage over the years but nothing was done. He called on the relevant authorities to ensure that there is water within the community now that they have quality energy supply and also COVID-19 treatment center to enable the medical workers complete their duties. The Yams Farm Community is a strategic community along the Freetown-Waterloo Highway hosting one of the Tool Gates with additional communities emerging within which requires additional facilities and also recreational centres.
By Alhaji Manika Kamara