18 February 2014

Liberia: 'Sabotage' - LEC Accused

Beneficiaries of electricity provided by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) have accused the entity of undermining their businesses on Broad Street in Monrovia, but management has refuted the claims.

The beneficiaries alleged that LEC has refused to replace a pole which fell nearly one month ago on Broad Street near the Lone Star Cell office.

They said since the pole fell as a result of accident involving a motor vehicle, nothing has been done by the management to restore electricity to the affected institutions.

"Since the pole fell, we told LEC and they came but they only took our meters and carried it to their office," one beneficiary said.

He claimed that he and other beneficiaries have been going to the offices of LEC in West Point for about a month, but they always promised to replace the pole.

Due to the absence of electricity from LEC, institutions and individuals who legitimately purchased their meters, continue to use their private generators, which is costly.

"We are spending too much money on gasoline and fuel on a daily basis due to the ineffectiveness of the LEC management," an angry beneficiary retorted.

Speaking to this paper Monday, a spokesperson of the group accused LEC of responding to the needs of friends and family members when similar situation occurred.

"We went to their office on several occasions, and each time we went there, we are greeted with promises to replace the pole; we were present when a senior manager ordered the technicians to move to his relative community to replace a fallen pole. This is wrong; this is intended to undermine the economy of Liberia because serious businesses are operating on Broad Street where the pole fell," the angry beneficiaries through their spokesperson said.

They alleged that the LEC management is on a sabotage mission intended to seek the collapse of businesses in the city center especially those benefitting from city power.

The affected beneficiaries have threatened to stage a sit-in action at the head office of LEC if they do not restore electricity to their businesses.

However, when this paper contacted the Communications Consultant at LEC, he denied.

Mr. Hassan Kiawu claimed that no beneficiary ever visited LEC offices and saw technicians sent to other areas.

As this paper pushed Kiawu for further response, this is what he said:

"That is a lie and false; Liberians are serious liars. At no time did anyone visit the LEC office and the technicians ignored them and dispatched people to other places."

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