16 November 2012

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

The Liberia Electricity Corporation, LEC, 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 Monrovia 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," Joe Mayah noted.

The LEC, which is providing emergency power to the public, is being managed by expatriates 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 but not thieves.

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