Kanja Sesay Assures Sierra Leoneans


Transformational leadership in all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) is what the much reformed and development-oriented President Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio has promised Sierra Leoneans. Consequently, the President has appointed a highly educated, experienced and competent men and women in his cabinet to help him manage and administrate the state effectively and efficiently.

One of these quintessential citizens is the Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, who made a niche in the temple of fame during the Kabbah-led administration. A humble and self-effacing personality academically and professionally, Alhaji Kanja Sesay has all what it takes to provide the kind of visionary leadership and administrative and managerial competence required to take the Energy Ministry to a higher performance level. The man who made the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) a household name in the country, the Energy Minister holds a Honors Degree from the oldest college South of the Sahara, Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL), and a Postgraduate Master’s Degree in Administration and Management from the United Kingdom (UK) and Certificates in the same disciplines from the Hague in The Netherlands. Alhaji Kanja Sesay’s work experience runs through the highest levels of both the public and private sectors like a hot knife running through butter.

The erstwhile NaCSA Boss in his new national role will be building on the foundation left behind by the former government in the electricity sector. In the last ten years, a lot was achieved by the former government in terms of improving electricity generation and supply in the country. It could be recalled that when erstwhile President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma acceded to power on Monday 17th September, 2007, the entire country produced less than 10 megawatts. Freetown was disrespectfully known as one of the darkest capitals the world over. By the time power changed hands after the 2018 elections, Sierra Leone had a combined generating capacity of a little above 100 megawatt. Yet, the newly elected President at the State Opening of Parliament stated that it was not enough to meet the country’s growing need for electricity supply.

Thus, we can see the magnitude of what is required of the new Energy Minister in meeting the President’s expectation of increased electricity generation and supply. A remarkable team player whose successes in the implementation of the country’s post-war resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction programme were well documented, Alhaji Kanja Sesay knows is very mindful of the fact that to succeed, he needs the fullest cooperation of his Ministry staff and the agencies under his supervision. Therefore, his first undertaking after the Ministry was officially handed over to him was to call a staff meeting to let it be known that he was not out to promote any political agenda but to work collaboratively with them to achieve the Ministry’s mission of providing adequate, sustainable and reliable  electricity supply to the citizenry.

A man who is easily susceptible of good interpersonal working relationship with others, Alhaji Kanja Sesay’s confidence-building meeting with the Ministry staff has already started paying off handsomely. A highly motivated Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) has been working round the clock to ensure that the erratic electricity supply that hit Freetown in early April was addressed. Currently, electricity consumers in Freetown appreciate the return to normalcy as they now enjoy frequent electricity supply.

Alhaji Kanja Sesay, who has praised the former government for the strides made in improving electricity supply in the country, has promised Sierra Leoneans that he would do all he could to continue the legacy of the past government, whilst working on implementing outstanding electricity generation and distribution plans now on his table.

Reports are that Sierra Leone has an ambitious plan to increase electricity generation to over 1, 000 megawatts in her 2017-2030 plan, using a mix of conventional and renewable energy sources. The importance of providing the country with ample electricity supply should be seen in the light of the fact that no modern mechanical society can function well without electricity. We need electricity in our homes for industry, lighting, cooking, entertainment and security. Importantly, many microeconomic activities that the impoverished in the urban areas engage in at home have to do with regular electricity supply.

Meanwhile, as Sierra Leone tries to transform from an agrarian society into becoming a manufacturing nation, electricity supply becomes very crucial for investors in many sectors including tourism, marine, small, medium and large scale industries of all kinds and for transforming raw agricultural products to add more value to the products.