Following a meeting with officials of the electricity sector by president George Weah, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Electricity Corporation Monie Captan has assured Liberians of rapid progress in the energy sector within the coming months and years ahead.
“We are fortune that the electricity sector is taken a center stage especially at the highest level “, the LEC board chair said.
He commended President Weah for giving the sector full backing to ensure that it delivers to the public as expected.
Mr. Captan praised the Liberian leader for giving the LEC among other things a direct mandate to battle power theft which has been one of the key challenges facing the sector.
Under the Liberian leader’s mandate he emphasized that no one will be untouchable regardless of their status in society, adding that anyone who will not pay their bills will be disconnected including the immediate cutting of illegal lines among others.
“We discussed challenges and also debated on the issues and finalize on solutions going forward “, he added.
According to him, the solutions will not be a quick fix one but stated that they have discussed and put in place new mechanism to ensure that the recent dry season situation will not be repeated , disclosing that adequate power will be made available to the public next dry season unlike this year.
The LEC Board Chairman at the same time commended the donor partners for what he described as their significant resources which they have contributed to the sector, noting that the public will see a great impact of that next year.
He stressed that as Liberia transitioned to buying electricity from neighboring Ivory Coast , it is expected that they will collect the require money from those they will distribute power to.
Also speaking to reporters following the meeting was Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah who lauded President Weah for showing remarkable leadership to ensure that the issues in the sector are addressed.
He said the government has done a lot to address the structural problems at the LEC.
Mr. Tweah reechoed that power theft has been and continues to be a major issue in the sector but as a government, they are working around the clock to find a lasting solution to address it.
He pointed out that Liberia can’t get connected to the CLSG-lines due to the huge amount involved in the tune of 50-60M.
However and as part of efforts from the government to tackle it, he disclosed that there will be a 15m recast of the current budget in order to help begin the process while the next budget year , the government will include 45m to ensure that such connection is done for the sake of the Liberian people.
“ There is going to be a convergence of solutions from everywhere to address the problems “, he added.
As for the World Bank Country Representative to Liberia ,Khwima Nthara , he described the meeting was a productive one stating that an action plan was agreed upon with finance to the sector been key.
The world bank Country Representative in Liberia commended the government for commitment to the sector and looks forward to total implementation while they will continue on their support and monitoring.
Moreover he disclosed that they are putting up a package of support to expand solar energy to the Country.
As for the EU Representative to Liberia Laurent Delahousse ,he called for the collective support of everyone in order to address the challenges facing the sector.
“We have supported and continue to support but everyone has a key part to play”, the EU’s diplomat stressed.
As part of their continue support to the sector , he told reporters that the EU is poised to expand power distribution to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
“My message to Liberians is to encourage them to pay for current, be patient and current will come to you”, he noted.
He indicated that it takes collective effort to make sure that the sector is viable because it is the condition for the development of the Country and for the improvement of the lives of the people.
At the same time the United States Ambassador accredited near Monrovia Michael MCCarthy, he uttered that he was pleased to see the seriousness , President George Weah attaches to the sector .
According to him good will raises high hopes and good practices .
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