By Victor C. Hanson, Jr.
The newly appointed Board Chairperson of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Ian Yap, has disclosed that the Corporation lacks good management system which has caused delay in its operations especially in Montserrado.
Mr. Yap made the disclosure when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ plenary to provide clarity on the alleged hardship faced by Liberians due to the lack of electricity in Monrovia and its environs.
He said that LEC’s operations is in no way a matter of technology instead it has to do with lots of different things including its operational budget, the legal implications and relations with partners and donors.
Mr. Yap lauded the intervention of the Representatives explaining that the LEC’s contract with a Canadian Company has gone five years now with only one more month to its completion and management is now left to determine what the future of the contract would be.
“Our energies might even benefit the LEC more; I certainly will apply a lot of energy to what happened in the past months or what happened to LEC within the past one year; I have never subscribed to the business of small light today, big light tomorrow; I always thought that we should have big light today and biggest light tomorrow,” he intimated.
Mr. Yap further told the House’s plenary that long before the West African Power Pool (WAPP) was established, the idea of running the line through Liberia from Ivory Coast was in the LEC’s plan which was written in 1997 and that, that was at least five years before WAPP was established along with several other good plans.
Mr. Yap said, LEC management also planned getting rid of the wooding poles of electricity because it is a loss and a waste for LEC to plant poles when the Corporation will have to replace them every time.