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‘We are in darkness’

--Grand Bassa tells Weah

By Emmanuel wise Jipoh

Residents of Grand Bassa County, including those in the county capital Buchanan, say they are struggling in darkness due to lack of electricity, seeking President George Manneh Weah’s intervention.

Residents of Buchanan told reporters attending President Weah’s cabinet retreat that the lack of power supply poses threats to basic socio-economic activities, and increases crime rate in the city

They lamented that the majority of the solar-powered streetlights that President Weah switched on in Buchanan in April 2021 have blown off.

The residents added that Buchanan is in darkness, undermining economic activities in the county.

According to them, they need electricity, pleading with President Weah to solve their age old electricity problem.

Speaking to some residents in the city, reporters heard them described the lack of power supply as a threat to basic socio-economic activities.

Philip Mulbah, a commercial motorcyclist, said the lack of electricity supply is hindering the free movement of citizens, especially at night.

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He said it affects local businesses, calling on President Weah to come to their aid.

Ms. Marie Kolubah, a local business woman on the main Tubman Street, Buchanan City, decried the lack of power to their homes and business premises.

She said it poses serious threats and increases crimes in the county.

She said citizens don’t move freely at night as businesses are often close during the early night hours.

In welcoming President Weah to the county, Grand Bassa County Superintendent Janjay Baikpeh also pleaded with Mr. Weah to provide electricity to the county.

Baikpeh said it is a major challenge confronting the people of Bassa.

He said lack of electricity supply is hindering the livelihood of the people, suggesting that the only Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Sub- Station in the county needs power to be distributed across the county.

He emphasized that this is paramount for the people of Grand Bassa County to support President Weah’s re-election bid.

Baikpeh however acknowledged the numerous developmental contributions in the county, including the construction of the Fair Ground Road.

He also cited the old folks home, and an ongoing bridge project leading to the Grand Bassa County Community College, among others, as tangible achievements.

He said the Bassa people have resolved to re-elect President Weah on a one-round victory in the October presidential and legislative elections.

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