The government of Liberia through its implementing partners has constructed a 13 megawatt power plant for the electrification of the Bushroad Island, Somalia drive and other communities around Monrovia.
The 10 megawatt power plant was funded by the United States government, while the Norwegian government funded 3megawatt power plant and the medium of 10 voltage distribution networks to the government of Liberia.
Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony in Monrovia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf advised residents of Monrovia to stop the illegal connection of LEC to avoid the constant electrification of people.
She said the first switching of lights by this government since many years ago brought lights in many streets for children who have not seen lights in the past. “People will not realize the power until the people starts to benefit from it. The government has a lot to do to restore power in the country.”
She said energy theft is a public safety issue, and it can be resulted into real shock and fire hazards to the perpetrators, and often innocent family members, friends, and neighbors. She added that these conditions can lead to property damage, personal injury, and even death.
She noted that by August this year street lights will hit the southeastern part of the country from neighboring Ivory Coast. She noted that assessment for these areas is almost at the conclusion to restore power in Maryland, Sinoe, and Grand Gedeh and Nimba counties respectively.
Also speaking earlier, US ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said the US government will continue to support the Liberian government, adding that it is the goal of America to help Liberia.
For his part, the counselor general of the royal government of Norway Horst Wallwits said Norway is assisting Liberia in different areas including electricity. He said his government will continue be with Liberia in it reconstruction process.