The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) is expected to connect an additional 8,000 homes and businesses in the coming months in fulfillment of government's development plan over the next 20 months.
Making the disclosure to journalists at the close of the first day session of the Cabinet Retreat in Julijuah, Bomi County on Thursday, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe said the process will begin in a few weeks with the coming on line of the 18 megawatts Heavy Duty Fuel Oil plant.
Minister Nagbe indicated that the additional connection process will target Congo Town, Paynesville and Gardnersville.
According to the Information Minister, government is also holding talks with authorities of the European Union (EU) and the World Bank for distribution of electricity within the Monrovia axis in an effort to get more homes and businesses connected.
He told journalists that Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo and his team from LEC at the meeting presented a comprehensive electrification implementation schedule which will take effect shortly.
Minister Nagbe, who refuted claims of lack of electrical equipment on the part of the government, explained that additional equipment, including meters, have been brought into the country to ensure that the new communities within Monrovia and its suburbs are electrified.
At the same time, Information Minister Nagbe has disclosed that funding for the pavement of the Gbarnga to Mendicorma road and the Ganta to Zwedru road has been secured and that work on these roads will commence shortly.
He also noted that work on the Harper-to-Pleebo and Fish Town roads are currently ongoing, adding, "Though there are some setbacks, but the government is pleased with the progress that has been made so far."
The two-day Cabinet Retreat convened by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her home town Julijuah, was geared towards bringing together cabinet ministers and heads of key government agencies to chart a new course in the development process and seek completion of several key development projects in the next 20 months.
Following the last day session, a comprehensive implementation action plan was carved to ensure that several development projects currently underway are successfully implemented. LINA PSN/TSS/PTK