10 June 2014

Liberia: Official - LEC Loses 4,000 to Power Theft Daily

Acting Information Minister Robert Kpadeh has disclosed that a power audit conducted by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) across Monrovia shows the New Kru Town Community is the highest user of power in Monrovia.

He said the power audit also established that the New Kru Town is involved in power theft, a situation which, he lamented, is causing the LEC to lose over US$4,000 daily.

Acting Minister Kpadeh made the disclosure Saturday at his Capitol Building office in an interview the Liberia News Agency.

He said power theft is robbing LEC of needed resources to build its capacity to expand services to other parts of Monrovia and the country where people are in dire need of electricity.

Meanwhile, Kpadeh has disclosed that the LEC has disconnected the entire New Kru Town, saying that it will remain disconnected until a technical probe is conducted and measures put in place to prevent power theft by community dwellers.

Minister Kpadeh called on those involved in power theft or contemplating such act to desist immediately, as this is impeding the growth of the LEC and undermining its ability to provide efficient services.

The acting Minister described the move by LEC to disconnect New Kru Town as in the right direction, and urged Liberians to report anyone found engaging in power theft.


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