Sierra Leone Embarks On Power Distribution Survey Ahead Of Privatisation

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The Electricity Supply and Distribution Authority (EDSA) in Sierra Leone has warned of punitive measures against consumers failing to take part in its survey aimed at verifying the number of subscribers to the national grid.

APA reports that the survey commenced on Tuesday September 1.

EDSA came into being after the National Power Authority was declared defunct at the beginning of the year.

The aim of the government was to partially privatise the power sector.

EDSA said the ongoing survey was designed to inform on the exact number of customers using either pre-paid or post-paid meters.

Sierra Leone recently switched to the pre-paid meter system as part of efforts to cut down on losses, which is a common place in the case of the post-paid meter system.

But ineffective previous administrations meant there was no accurate official data.

This has also left the system prone to abuse by corrupt employees of the authority.

Forms have been lodged at strategic points, like gas stations.

EDSA staff will also embark on door-to-door distribution of the forms for consumers to fill and return.

Whoever doesn’t fill and return the form on time may face difficulty in recharging their meters when the deadline elapses, said Sahr Daniel Nepor, EDSA’s Public Relations Officer

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