Evaluating SLPP’s Energy Supply Promises: 25 Key Questions on the 2018 Manifesto Commitments
By the Sierra Leone Live Team
Welcome to Sierra Leone Live’s interactive survey, crafted specifically to assess the energy sector developments from 2018 to 2023, as promised by the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in their New Direction Manifesto. We have carefully curated a set of 25 essential ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions for you, the citizens, to help gauge how effectively the promises made by the SLPP have materialized in reality.
These questions span a variety of critical sub-categories, including electricity supply, rural electrification, renewable energy, and more. Each question directly references the commitments made in the 2018 manifesto, creating a direct link between the government’s stated objectives and their implementation over the past five years.
By answering these questions, you are engaging in an invaluable process of democratic participation, holding those in power accountable, and ensuring the future betterment of our beloved Sierra Leone.
Manifesto Quote: “Restore electricity supply to all district capitals.”
- Was electricity restored to all district capitals?
Manifesto Quote: “Initiate a rural electrification programme that will supply electricity to all towns with a population exceeding 20,000.”
- Was a rural electrification programme initiated?
- Were towns with populations exceeding 20,000 supplied with electricity?
Rural Electricity Infrastructure
Manifesto Quote: “Institute a Rural Electricity Board and a Rural Electricity Fund to promote electrification of rural areas with a view to making electricity readily and widely available in rural areas.”
- Was a Rural Electricity Board instituted?
- Was a Rural Electricity Fund instituted?
Manifesto Quote: “Each year, at least five villages and two towns in each district join the national grid or are connected off-grid on standalone solar or mini-hydro schemes.”
- Were at least five villages and two towns in each district added to the national grid each year?
- Were standalone solar or mini-hydro schemes implemented in at least five villages and two towns in each district each year?
Manifesto Quote: “Massive investment in the renewable energy potential of the country in the areas of solar, hydro, wind, and biomass.”
- Was there a massive investment in renewable energy?
- Were investments made in solar energy?
- Were investments made in hydro energy?
- Were investments made in wind energy?
- Were investments made in biomass energy?
Modern Energy Forms
Manifesto Quote: “Promote the use of renewable and modern forms of energy like Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).”
- Was the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) promoted?
Manifesto Quote: “Encourage the start of min-hydro schemes and solar energy schemes and provide special financial incentives to companies in this sector.”
- Were mini-hydro schemes started?
- Were solar energy schemes started?
- Were special financial incentives provided to companies in this sector?
Female Access to Energy
Manifesto Quote: “Enhance female access to modern energy by investing in rural electrification, clean cooking fuel (propane gas), and household energy needs.”
- Was there an enhancement of female access to modern energy?
- Were investments made in clean cooking fuel (propane gas) for rural households?
Power from Industries
Manifesto Quote: “Encourage mining companies and other major industries to sell excess power to the national grid for the supply of power to the communities in which they operate and other contiguous areas.”
- Were mining companies and other major industries encouraged to sell excess power to the national grid?
Manifesto Quote: “Review and strengthen the institutional capacity of the regulatory Agency for the water and electricity sectors.”
- Was the institutional capacity of the regulatory agency for the water and electricity sectors reviewed and strengthened?
Manifesto Quote: “Promote energy efficiency measures nationwide.”
- Were energy efficiency measures promoted nationwide?
Power Sector Reforms
Manifesto Quote: “Follow up on the reform of the power sector, including connection in the West African Power Pool.”
- Were there follow-ups on the reform of the power sector?
- Was a connection made in the West African Power Pool?
- Were initiatives made to improve the transmission and distribution efficiency of the national power grid?
- Was there a significant reduction in power outages and improved reliability in the power supply?
Thank you for your interest and participation in this survey. Your involvement is a testament to the vibrant democracy of our nation, ensuring our leaders uphold their commitments and our country continues to progress. The collective voice of our citizenry, as reflected in this survey, plays a crucial role in shaping the trajectory of our country’s development. Your participation truly makes a difference. Thank you once again, and we look forward to your valuable insights.
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