Having rehabilitated the damaged Mount Coffee Hydro plant late last year, and with the country’s electricity generation capacity being boosted significantly within Montserrado County, the Government of Liberia, through the Liberia Electricity Corporation, is moving rapidly across the country to fulfill its “Big light” promise.
Explaining government’s rural electricity expansion exercise yesterday to the media, LEC Managing Director Foday Soko Sackor said the rural electrification project is part of President Sirleaf’s promise “to bring power to our people, and provide quality and affordable electricity not only to Monrovia but to people in other parts of Liberia.”
Monrovia, Sackor said, is not Liberia. “Through negotiations with the EU and the government of Ivory Coast, the president of Liberia, working closely with the Ivory Coast and the EU, initiated the cross border project under the West African Power Pool,” he said.
“As we speak, we have about 8 megawatts of power coming from the Ivory Coast to Liberia. We are currently supplying Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties, with 60,000 residents currently benefiting from this power grid,” he stated.
Two of these projects, Sackor said, have been commissioned. The commissioned projects include Nimba and Grand Gedeh projects, while the Maryland County project is expected to be commissioned shortly.
Explaining some of the challenges that the LEC faced in bringing electricity to the people of rural Liberia, MD Sackor said, “We had problem with the line going to Zwedru. Immediately, the President mandated us to restore the line. When our team did the assessment we realized that this was an enormous work; but the team worked franticly to ensure that the lines were energized. Today, we have electricity in Zwedru and the people are happy. The situation has been resolved and Zwedru is energized.
Pundits believe that the electrification of rural parts of the country will not only enhance physical security, but will as well boost the country’s economy, especially the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.