Members of the House of Representatives have concurred with the Liberian Senate on the passage of the bill, seeking the implementation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant. The bill, which was passed on August 22, 2013 at the Capitol, had earlier been passed by the Senate.
A communication from the Liberian Senate appealed to members of the House for the speedy passage of the bill to give the government and international partners' adequate time to start the rehabilitation exercise.
The Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant, which was the main source of electricity, got destroyed during the 14 years civil war. Debate on the bill commenced after Montserrado County Electoral District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah filed a motion, calling for quick passage.
The debate, which was presided over by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, began tense with majority members expressing support for the project. Though many of the lawmakers were not present, the entire chamber unanimously voted for the passage.
According to the record, 34 voted for, none against. The hydro's rehabilitation should had commenced about two years ago, but has been delayed due to the slow passage of the bill.
The lawmakers noted that majority of the citizenry are currently in total darkness, but the rehabilitation of the hydro will create the avenue for almost, if not all, to have access to the electricity.
"Some people in the country cannot afford to pay for light bill at Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) because of the high cost. In order for every Liberian to enjoy modern day civilization, we as lawmakers should do the people job", Rep. Fallah told his colleagues. With the passage of the bill by both Houses, the document is expected to be sent to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for possible signing into law.