20 November 2012

Liberia: Margibi Citizens Cry for Electricity

Margibi County citizens have petitioned government to speed-up processes leading to the construction of a two power-plant near Kakata, Margibi County.

Buchanan Renewable Power (BR Power) recently entered a concession for the construction of power plant near Kakata to provide affordable electricity to Monrovia and its surrounding communities, but the process leading to the construction of the power-plant is facing a hiccup.

However, Margibi County citizens said the failure to construct the power plant has denied residents the right to electricity.

The citizens, including representatives of civil society organizations, wonder what is holding the construction of the plants when BR Power has secured funding for the project from the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for the construction of the project.

The citizens, in a petition statement read by Momo S. Manjo on Monday in Kakata, noted that OPIC has committed US$112 million in debt financing for the project.

Mr. Manjo said Margibi citizens are concerned over delay to build the power plants when BR Power has also leased the land in Kakata for the construction.

He also disclosed that investigation conducted has established that BR Power has since 2009 secured contractors for the power plant project.

"Our investigation also revealed that the inter-ministerial Concession Committee (IMCC) recommended that the Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry and the Liberia Electricity Corporation finalize relevant documentations so as to close the deal and that the restructured plan presented by the company is in the best interest of the country's energy sector," the citizens said in the petition.

They said the construction of the power plants would provide jobs and other opportunities for citizens of Margibi County.

The citizens' petition was presented to a proxy of Margibi County Legislative Caucus, Sam Sumo Bahbor, who assured that he would deliver their concern to members of the County Legislative Caucus.

Copyright © 2012 The NEWS. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.