The New Dawn (Monrovia)

15 November 2012

Liberia: U.S.$21 Million for LEC Expansion

The Liberia Electricity Corporation or LEC has said its new ongoing expansion program of power would cost US$21 million. Deputy Chief Executive Officer Joseph Mayah told the media that the expansion would cover 14 communities of 4 sub-stations, including the Bushrod Island, New Kru Town Central and Paynesville.

He said the project is being supported by the European Union, Norway, United States and other international partners. "These stations will be improved to provide effective and sufficient electricity to our people within those various communities and beyond," Mayah noted.

The LEC, which is providing emergency power to the public, is being managed by foreigners with Chief Executive Officer Shahid Mohammed from India. Recently, the Corporation reported a loss of 30 percent of its monthly revenues due to power theft, for which it was calling on the public to desist.

Francis Copper, Board Chairman of the corporation, said the company was doing its best to reach out to the people who are in need of power supply to take advantage band not thieves. The corporation promised that in 2015, the country is expected to further expand in its electrification program with the planting of electric poles in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties ongoing.

This is also in league with the West Africa Power Pool, which is starting from Nigeria through Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast to Liberia. It will also be extended to Sierra Leone, Guinea onward to other countries, writes TKS.

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