By Jefferson D.Tweh
The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has rigorously disconnected its power lines in the Borough of New Kru Town for power theft. The Executive Director for Administration and Human Resources, Mr.Vamunyah F. Sheriff, disclosed that Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) audits conducted in energy consumption has revealed that LEC lines have been tampered with through illegal connections by-passing meters and other means by some residents of the Borough of New Kru Town.
Speaking at the press conference over the weekend in Monrovia, Mr. Sheriff explained that within two weeks of audits, LEC power theft crew had removed over 300 meters which were illegally connected to electricity grips by some unscrupulous residents of the Borough of New Kru Town.
According to Mr. Sheriff, the 300 meters were removed from 40 light poles in Mombo Town Court House Area; Sannoh Yard, D. Tweh, Popo Beach and many areas, and this translates into 90% of its revenue lost each day in New Kru Town, and that LEC loses almost US$4,000 per day and meters get damaged in the process.
Mr. Sheriff added that the disconnection will remain in force until LEC audits in the Borough of New Kru Town, is completed, and if problems persist, then the Management of Liberia Electricity Corporation will disconnect further.
Meanwhile Mr. Sheriff noted that anytime LEC attempts to take giant steps, and improve the system, the Management always encountered severe setback problem which is power theft; and it accounts for 15-20 percent more or which represents US$200,000 in revenue loss to the company.
“Let me make it clear that we will not leave any stone unturned to put measure in place and save the company from further losses,”Mr. Sheriff stated further.
Mr. Sheriff told journalists that four Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)plant is progressing rapidly and by December, the first project will be dedicated ,while other projects will expand electricity to Monrovia and its environs as well as other parts of the country, and cross border project is intended to serve 18 communities in Nimba,Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties.
Furthermore, Mr. Sheriff narrated that citizens residing in Ganta, Sanniquellie, Sacleapea and other outskirt cities are enjoying 24 hours electricity supply in the county.