15 July 2014

Liberia: USAID Withdraws Support From Hydro Power Project

Photo: Liberia Government
Remains of the looted Mt. Coffee Hydro Plant (file photo).

The news of USAID cutting off supports in the much talked about Hydro Power Project in Suakoko, Bong County, has sparked several debates in Bong County.

The Project, which is the construction of a 1 megawatt Hydro power station on the Mein River in Suakoko, was to benefit several communities in the area with affordable electricity which should have included the Phebe Medical Hospital and Cuttington University.

But due to the development of USAID cutting-off supports as part of its agreement, the residents are skeptical whether the project will ever be implemented.

The power project was to be funded by USAID and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and implemented by Winrock International under USAID's funded Liberia Energy Sector Support Project (LESSP).

Already, Winrock International has closed down its local office in Bong County located on the Phebe Hospital compound and has moved all its staff to Monrovia as a result of the latest development with no official explanation to the county authority on the status of the project.

According to sources, the citizens are calling on the Government of Liberia to kindly intervene.

The citizens are also calling on the Bong County Legislative Caucus to prevail on USAID and UNIDO to go back to the drawing board to ensure that the project is implemented.

According to our source, there is credible information that the United Nations Industrial Development Organization is still committed to the funding and implementation of the Mein River Hydro Project.

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