By Ethel A Tweh
The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has cited authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Authority to re-appear today, Wednesday, February 16, 2022, be the august body.
This followed concern raised by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence about unstable power in the country.
Sen. Kangar-Lawrence notes that the distribution of electricity has led to conflicts in various communities in and around Monrovia.
During debate on the Senate floor, Senators also expressed the need for the LEC and its regulatory authority to address said issues with facts by explaining why they have not been able to equally distribute electricity to residents.
The electricity authorities are also expected to address the reported Nine Million United States Dollars owed by the Liberian government to the West Africa Power Pool from the neighboring Ivory Coast.
Grand Gedeh County Senator Zoe Emmanuel Pennue had also written communication to the plenary, asking for an investigation of the money owed by the government to the West African Power Pool for electricity in Grand Gedeh.
Sen. Pennue in his communication describes as untrue, citizens’ alleged refusal to pay electricity bills, especially in Grand Gedeh County.
He says LEC personnel in the county created separate accounts hence, a need for a full-scale investigation before clearing alleged unpaid debts.
The Senate on Thursday, February 10, 2022, resolved that its Plenary as a “Committee of a whole” handles the numerous issues in the power sector at Wednesday’s hearing.
Power services across Monrovia and adjacent communities have been irregular for most of the New Year, leaving homes and communities in darkness as well as vulnerable and insecurity and crimes.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/lerc-frowns-on-lecs-power-outage/ Editing by Jonathan Browne