A cross section of the Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission’s (EWRC) Commissioners and Management visited Bo and Kenema over the weekend to launch the maiden edition of the EWRC Talk Show at the SLBC radio station in these respective locations.
The visit to these locations was described as timely by the Director General of the institution Mr. Emmanuel Mannah. He stated that as it is the Commission’s mandate to serve the whole of the country, it is only fitting that strategic moves are made to reach out to stakeholders in all parts of the country.
According to Mrs. Ngozi Obi Sesay the Head of the Consumer Affairs and Public Relations Department, the radio program is an offshoot of the Commission’s flagship program in Freetown which has succeeded immensely in educating the public on the work of the Commission as a regulatory body for electricity and water sector utilities and entities and also educating consumers about their rights and responsibilities.
During the live program in Bo, Commissioner Saidu Boakarie, who is also a resident of the district, explained to listeners that the Commission was very much inclined to address the challenges faced by consumers in the area of electricity and water as one of its main focus is consumer protection. He further stated that the recently passed regulations in Parliament now gives the Commission further powers to take punitive actions against defaulters especially as the districts face a proliferation of bad packaged water in the market.
The introductory program, which mainly focused on the water sector, covered topics such as giving listeners a background of the Commission, its mandate and strategic goals, regulated entities with an in-depth explanation as to areas and manner in which these entities regulated.
Based on the positive response of listeners who, through various calls and texts messages, applauded the move of the Commission in the area of information dissemination, Director General Emmanuel Mannah assured the members of the public of a sustained period of broadcast in the near feature wherein the work of the Electricity and Water Departments in the course of monitoring and ensuring compliance of the terms and conditions of licenses would be made public through these programs.