7 February 2013

Liberia: LEC Losses U.S.$200,000 to Thieves

The Director of the Loss Prevention Force at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) says the institution continues to lose over US$200,000.00 monthly to electric power theft in Monrovia and its environs.

Mr. Mack Jouridine said despite efforts being exerted by the LEC to curtail power theft, unscrupulous individuals continue to defraud the entity of needed revenues.

Speaking in an interview with The NEWS Wednesday, Mr. Jouridine named Red-light, Old Road, Bushrod Island, and Duala as some of the communities with the high rate of power theft in Monrovia.

He said during a recent raid in the Red-light community, more than nine meters, about 2,000 yards of wires believed to have been illegally connected were discovered. But he said the wires were immediately disconnected.

"This has to stop because it is affecting the revenue generation of the LEC; people have refused to pay for electricity and they prefer to rather steal the current," Mr. Jouridine indicated.

The LEC's Loss Prevention Force Director called on the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Ministry of Justice to assist the entity in curtailing the high wave of power theft across Monrovia.

He wants the Police to arrest, investigate and charge those who are bent on stealing current.

He alleged that Power Theft is being perpetrated in various communities by former employees of LEC and others who are knowledgeable about the electricity process.

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