Over Electricity Theft… ACC Calls For Technical Assistance

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

The Commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. has called on all professional electricians and engineers to support the Commission in its fight against electricity theft in the country.

The ACC Commissioner made the clarion call during the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Commission and the Ministry of Energy to reduce the high spate of corruption in the energy sector nationwide.

Before singing the MOU, Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala expressed satisfaction over the signing of the MOU, stressing that the improvement of the country’s energy sector is key priority in the New Direction agenda of the government.

He noted that the fight against electricity theft is very herculean, considering the fact that the Commission does not have professional electricity engineers to unearth the scheme and bring the main perpetrators to book.

Commissioner Kaifala disclosed that what the Commission has gathered is that electricity theft is mostly committed by big customers, including supermarkets, hotels, manufacturing industries and other big domestic players, adding that in order for the Commission to be able to trap perpetrators, they need the assistance of professional electricians and engineers or the Sierra Leone Association of Electricians to come on board and advise them on how they can get rid of the menace.

The Minister of Energy, Chief Alhaji Kanja Sesay acknowledged that there was massive corruption in the country’s energy sector and it was against that backdrop that his Ministry called on the ACC to intervene.

The Energy Minister promised to provide the technical help ACC needs to clamp down on perpetrators.