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Ellen Switches Solar Power Lights in Totota

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially switched on a SolarPower Light in Totota, Bong County, in Central Liberia. President Sirleaf dedicated the Solar Power Plant recently when shemade a trip to Bong County to officially dedicate a 176.7km road thatlinks the county to Margibi and Montserrado Counties.

An Executive Mansion release said she commended the Solar Power PlantCEO, Mr. William T. Thompson and the Project Consultant of the LiberiaEngineering and Geo – Tech Consultant, Mr. Emmanuel K. Urey, for beingso creative in providing job opportunities for jobless Liberians.

The Liberia Engineering and Geo Technology Consultant is a 100-percentLiberian-owned and operated Company, engaging in profitable livelihoodactivities. The Liberian leader used the occasion to urge other youthful Liberiansto be creative like Mr. Thompson and Mr. Urey, by not sitting downidly, depending on others to do for them what they are supposed to bedoing for themselves.

According to the release, President Sirleaf officially participated inthe Solar Power lightening ceremony on Wednesday, 12 October inTotota, Bong County, while en-route to Gbarnga for the dedicatoryprogram for the Monrovia-Gbarnga Highway.

She called on other young Liberians to emulate the good examples ofThompson and Urey for being so creative and innovative, appealing toresidents of Totota to ensure that those connected to the Mini-SolarPower Light pay their bills as a means of sustaining the project tokeep it alive.

President Sirleaf requested Thompson to liaise with authorities of theNational Housing Authority or NHA on possibility of use similartechnology in providing Solar Power Lights for housing unitsconstructed by the government of Liberia, through the NHA inBrewerville and Marshall in Montserrado and Margibi Counties,respectively.

Mr. William T. Thompson had earlier extolled President Sirleaf forparticipating in switching the light on as a means of uplifting theirefforts. He said the provision of electricity to 40—households and businesseswas like a drop in a bucket in Totota, because the town has more than1, 000 households with more than 50-local businesses activelyoperating.

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He pointed out that the long-term goal of his entity was to provideclean, affordable, reliable and renewable energy to 500, or more homesand local businesses in Totota, which will require collaborationswith other partners.

He applauded President Sirleaf for her support to ensure continuity oftheir Geo-Tech activities in Totota and other parts of the country. Presently, according to Mr. Thompson, about 40 homes and smallbusinesses, including a community bank are benefiting immensely fromconnections of the Solar Power Light.

By Winston Parley

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