By Henry Kargbo
Director-General of Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) Dr Emmanuel Mannah has on Wednesday 6th October 2021 disclosed during their budget presentation they have internally generated le 2.1billion in 2021. This according to him le 883 million from levies and 1.2billion leones from license fees. He continued that 2.037billion leones were budgeted for recurrent expenditures and 954 million leones was allocated, adding that as of 31st August this they have received 2.5billion leones as salary grant from the government of Sierra Leone.
Speaking on the 2022 budget and their deliverables, he said they have requested 1.5billion leones from the Ministry of Finance which they intend to constitute a judicial committee to preside over reviews, expansion into two additional provincial headquarters towns, public registration with additional 300 separate licenses and permit holders, issue long-term licenses to electricity and water utilities and development of additional regulations.
He also highlighted the major activities undertake by the commission such as the completion of electricity grid code and water code to regulate the activities of utilities, operators and other network participants on the respective network, facilitating the power purchase agreement between EGTC and EDSA, approval of Guma tariff for October 2021 and publication for a uniform system of accounting for regulated utilities to harmonize the financial reporting system.
He concluded by highlighting the challenges faced by the commission in which according to him as it is now the commission lacked financial independence adding all regulators across the world are financially independent, staff retention, noncompliance of regulated utilities in terms of licenses and payment of levies, inadequate technical and support staff to implement existing and planned expansion including restructuring.