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House summons energy sector

Authorities of Liberia’s energy sector have been summoned by the House of Representatives to provide reasons for negotiating another management services agreement for the Liberia Electricity Corporation or LEC, when investigation is yet to be concluded into alleged inconsistencies that marred the previous management contract.

“While these sailent points have been placed on the fore burner for which this body has sanctioned a probe, it is disheartening to note that the Board of Directors of LEC and the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are determined to tie this nation into yet another management agreement to manage the LEC”, Rep. Saah Joesph claims.

In seeking asummon against Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo, LEC Managing Director Mr. Foday Sackor and LEC Board Chair, Montserrado County Rep. Saah Joseph said on Tuesday, 6 June that a recommendation from a procurement audit indicating “serious irregularities” unearthed under the Monitoba Hydro International or MHI performance needs to be addressed.

The Montserrado District #13 Rep. wants a financial audit of the LEC by the General Auditing Commission or GAC to ascertain how an alleged US$42m was expanded from the corporation’s covers by MHI.

Rep. Joseph is insisting that LEC’s Board and the Ministry of Lands and Mines be restrained from consigning the management of the corporation to another management contract, pending the verification and address of issues that have semblance of malfeasance.

He sent a communication to Plenary on Tuesday, suggesting that the Board of LEC and the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy proceeded wrongly against the public interest with the MHI performance under the management services contract.

As such, Rep. Joseph wants the officials invited at the House to enable them explain their action of allegedly rushing towards negotiating another management agreement, and expressed opinion that they will provide some information that will help to make firm determination in the event of ratification of any such agreement.
By Bridgett Milton -Edited by Winston W. Parley

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