The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has started a campaign to raise awareness about the danger power theft poses to the revenue intake of the corporation and the general provision of electricity to the rest of the country’s population.
The campaign, which was launched in Clara Town will cover all network areas of the LEC with the intent of seeking to highlight the dangers and consequences of electricity theft, LEC’s Head of Information and Public Affairs, Mambu James Kpargoi said during the launch. He said the campaign will be extended to other communities, intellectual centers and academic institutions. “The campaign will highlight the dangers of power theft, its impact on the provision of stable electricity and the legal penalties to be imposed on those who steal electricity,” he said. Owen Richards, Assistant Manager of Anti-Theft elaborated on the effects these criminal activities are having on the Corporation and its ability to effectively provide services to the communities. “There are deadly risks associated with power theft. You already know how many power thieves have paid with their lives for the power they steal. This crime is not just dangerous for those who steal it, but has dire consequences also for consumers,” Richards said. He said power theft makes quality service provision less reliable for customers. Mr. Richards said gangs of criminals were accelerating connections to households in the communities, thereby fraudulently acquiring money from unsuspecting members of the public in exchange for illegal connections. Richards urged members of the public to take ownership of the installations by being vigilant and urgently report the activities of criminals to the LEC. “You the community residents are the real beneficiaries and owners of these installations. The services provided here are intended to improve your living standards. Allowing criminals to vandalize them obviously undermines the true intent of the service,” he said.