Customers Attack LEC for Irregularities
“Small Light today, big light tomorrow” was the promise of President Ellen Sirleaf to the Liberian people during her 2005 inauguration. President Sirleaf assured Liberians upon her ascendency into office that electricity in Monrovia and its environs would be restored gradually, a project now gaining momentum.
However, the gradual power supply is reportedly causing serious ‘headache’ currently to its beneficiaries. The customers in Monrovia and its environs continue to experience constant power outage than supply. Residents are complaining that the electricity being provided by the Liberia Electricity Cooperation or LEC is more problematic to them.
“LEC is a disgrace to this government; they full of 4-1-9 attitude; why should they treat we the customers like this, when we pay our bills regularly; we cannot get our services- five minutes the LEC system is down, two minutes it is off; by right, the light units should be in all of the major supermarkets and store as it is done in other countries, instead, they only have it in three areas, Sinkor, Duala and Gardnerville,” Madam Yatta Freeman noted in anger.
According to some of the LEC power users, most of whom are within the business community; LEC collects bills without providing the services being paid for. They accused the LEC management of giving them what they called “Christmas light”.
A cross section of waiting-costumers in long queues for the payment of units for electricity at the Steven Tolbert Estate and Shark’s Entertainment Center in Sinkor, told the New Dawn that the LEC has brought a complete burden on the people of Liberia.
“We are not enjoying nothing from this service; sometimes we buy our units without using it because there is no light; LEC is a complete embarrassment to us and the government,” Prince Harris, a popular businessman in Gardnerville to this paper.
They, however, expressed fear that there would be no electricity during this year’s rainy season, noting that the LEC would immediately switch off power upon observing a rainy sky,” another resident told this paper.
The Public Relations officer of the LEC Slawein Teto assured customers that his management was doing everything possible to find a solution to the problem. He noted that the LEC was currently sensitizing and addressing the concerns of costumers on various radio stations.