LIBERIA – The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC). Mr. Monie R. Captan, has disclosed that the CLSG line from Ivory Coast is expected in the country as of December 1, 2022.
According to the LEC head, electricity is a priority under the Weah-led Government which has made it the responsibility of the entity, partners as well as consumers to ensure that the ordinary man has access to electricity.
It can be recalled recently that the Government of Liberia consummated a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CI Energies, CIE for the supply of 27 megawatts of electricity to the country.
The signing of the energy agreement denotes that Liberia will have far better electricity during the coming dry season as opposed to what it used to be during the previous ones.
The LEC top official made the statement at the launch of the anti-power theft campaign in Paynesville where he lamented that the entity losses around US$48 million dollars a year to power theft which is not fair to the honest customers, government and partners because they are the ones who pay for the losses.
“The only way LEC will reach the least common man is for all customers to pay their electricity bills to the Corporation,” he said.
Captan cautioned the public to have legitimate connections in order to avoid power theft, adding that it is the role of the LEC to engage community leaders to join the fight against power theft.
He emphasized that there are thousands of meters available to the people, he said, stating that the investment from the partners are effectively being used wisely.
In related development, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) along with partners on Wednesday, November 9, launched the Anti Power-theft campaign intended to eradicate the issue of power theft across Liberia.
It can be recalled, on March 22, 2022, LEC commenced a major campaign to disconnect customers who were in large arrears to LEC and those consumers who were illegally connected to its electricity distribution network.
Making a statement at the launching ceremony on Wednesday at the Paynesville Town Hall, Montserrado County Senator, Saah Joseph, assured his support to the Corporation, noting that the issue of meters was a challenge that had been addressed.
He emphasized that there is a surplus of meters available to the public, and as such, residents should avoid power theft and ensure that they are legally connected.
He said LEC has proven they are capable of serving the country during the dry season, as he encouraged users to get their meter and register legally with the corporation.
The Montserrado Senator explained that if all LEC customers are to regularly pay their current bills, there will be a lot of taxes the corporation will generate for the government.
For his part, the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC), Dr. Lawrence D. Sekajipo assured the public that the commission will continue to create a vibrant environment with all stakeholders in order to give stable and reliable current to all its customers.
The LREC Board Chair maintained that it is certain that stable current will be available in Liberia taking into consideration the recent path LEC has taken.
At the same time, the European Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Mr. Laurent Delahousse, revealed that LEC and partners are working on plans to expand to the rural areas as well.
The EU envoy explained that monies from European taxpayers were donated to ensure that Liberians have stable current, adding that the European Union will make sure the country enjoys stable and effective electricity throughout the year, including the dry season.