Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Environmental Coordinator of TRANSCO CLSG, Pakidame B. Kolani said executing the interconnection project especially building the targeted 1,303 kilometer main transmission line will have negative impact on the environment.
Based on this, Mr. Kolani indicated that the meeting will carve documents which will include mitigating measures to avert any future environmental issues. To achieve this objective, each of the CLSG countries has set up monitoring committees to oversee the process.
He added that at the end of the meeting, an operational action plan for the second quarter will be adopted as well as a strategy for deforestation.
According to him, 112 houses will be affected by the implementation of the project and 196 hectares of trees will be cut to enable the contractors carryout their work.
The TRANSCO CLSG Environmental Coordinator disclosed that by the end of this year, a contractor would be hired and the main transmission line is expected to be completed by December 2018.
For his part, the National Chairman of the National Monitoring Committee in Liberia, Deputy Lands and Energy Minister, Sam Russ, said the role of the government of Liberia is to work along with the framework established through TRANSCO CLSG so that the country is on course in terms of schedule and in compliance with international laws so that the project is not put at risk.
Local committees include representatives of various sector ministries and agencies that are involved in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project at the local level including project affected persons, local leaders, women and youth representatives. The Committee represents the National Monitoring Committee in those project affected areas.
The local committee is mandated to reach out and work with TRANSCO CLSG to ensure the effective implementation of the ESMP and RAP through holding meetings on local matters and make report to the National Committees.
The Committee is also mandated to promote the involvement of local stakeholders in the implementation of the project taking into account the concerns of people affected by the project. The role of the committee is very crucial in the overall sensitization campaign of the CLSG project.
Each local committee has its terms of reference which set out its responsibilities. The setting up of these local committees in each CLSG is part of TRANSCO CLSG’s commitment to be transparent in the implementation of RAP and the ESMP, says General Manager, Mohammed Sherif.
‘TRANSCO CLSG’ which stands for Transmission Company Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinée was established with the objective of the supranational company is to implement the project, specifically to finance, construct, operate, maintain, own and develop the Interconnection Line among the Member States.