7 March 2014

Liberia: LEC, MLME Begins Electrification Plan for 72nd Community in 30 Days

Monrovia — Residents of 72ndcommunity are among several communities hoping to turn their switch on from the Liberia Electricity Corporation power later this year.

Amah Sheriff a youth leader of 72ndcommunityis hopeful electricity can come to the community after the Minister of Lands Mines and Energy Patrick Sendolo promised to come back in thirty days to give a definite time that LEC will begin the electrification process of the community.

During a recent outreach program jointly organized by the LEC, Ministry of Land Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Information, the people of the 72nd Community were promised that they will soon benefit from electricity.

Mr. Sheriff thinks many people in his community will save money they currently spend on purchasing gasoline and diesel when LEC extends the electrification process to his community. He noted that other communities over the years have benefitted from the government electrification program, adding that his community should not be exempted.

He warned that LEC should stick to her promise that they will not sell poles." In other communities, people have told me that they bought poles before they got connected but we hope this will not be the case in seventy second."

Sheriff urged members of his community, not to engage in power theft if their community is connected. "We are going to do everything possible to support the LEC in fighting power theft," sheriff said. Minister Sendolo during the outreach told residents that the civil war damaged all of the infrastructures needed to generate and distribute electricity.

"Before the war mount coffee was functioning and light was in most of these places." "After the war everything went to zero," Sendolo said.

According to the Minister of Land Mines and Energy, LEC did a great job of starting the emergency electrification process in Monrovia. "LEC did a great job to get things started." Minister Sendolo said, plans are on the way for the entire Monrovia to be electrified in the next two years.

"Two years from now everybody in Monrovia will have access to electricity. Today, people are connected in Nimba," Sendolo said. He said, the government is doing everything possible to ensure that many people in Liberia have light.

Mr. Sendolo added, that it's important to carry electricity where major roads are constructed adding that it has been difficult for LEEC to plant poles swamp communities including some part of the 72nd community. "To plant poles in the water is very, very difficult and expensive, Minister Sendolo said.

At the end of the interactive forum between members of LEC, Ministry of Land Mines and Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Minister Sendolo promised to get back to people with definite plans on when their electrification process will begin.

Deputy Information Minister for Administration, Mr. Norris Tweah said, the outreach is first in many series by the joint government agencies so as to interact with communities. According to Tweah, such forum will give the ordinary Liberian the progress that has been made by the government and the challenges the government is faced with.

"This forum is about letting the people know what is happening in the energy sector. We have brought the Ministry of Land Mines and Energy and LEC to you people," Tweh said.

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