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Gov’t Reduces LEC Debts

-Min. Murray Asserts

By R. Joyclyn Wea

The Government of Liberia says it has reduced the US$9million debt owed the Liberia Electricity Corporations (LEC) to US$900,000.

The Liberian Government has been indebted to the LEC in power supplies, something the LEC Managing Director recently attributed to the inability of the corporation to expand power to other parts of the Monrovia.

The situation according to the LEC further leads to the staging of numerous protests by citizens in different localities in and around Monrovia.

Addressing Journalists at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular Thursday briefing in Monrovia, Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Gesler Murray disclosed that the government has reduced its indebtedness to the corporation from US$9million to US$900,000.00

This means of the US$9million owed the Liberia Electricity Corporations (LEC), the Government of Liberia has made the payment of US$8.1 million, something that would further enhance the workings of the LEC.

Minister Murray indicated that lowering power theft will lead to the reduction in the cost of electricity to communities, improve the quality of life of Liberians and that the LEC will not be liability to government instead; it would become an engine of economic growth for the country.

He further said they as actors, have established a taskforce to reduce the issue of power theft in the country and at the same time campaigning to disconnect illegal connections in communities across monrovia.

“We are also engaging community leaders to police their networks. To audit all meters bypassing,” Murray said.

He further “LEC now fully fledged. Electricity will be increased by building more substations. Two thousand five hundred connections would be made, sponsor by USAID.”

Murray claimed that Liberia will become a hall to export access distribution but, stated at the moment, Liberia’s current access rate is unacceptable.

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