USAID/Liberia Deputy Mission Director Rebekah Eubanks has ended an inspection visit to USAID-supported projects in Bong, Nimba, and Lofa Counties.
The visit, according to USAID Liberia, was to inspect the Energy Extension Project, Water Expansion Network, and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) infrastructure activities.
About 2,700 households in Bong County are expected to benefit from electricity upon the completion of the energy extension project.
The Energy Extension Project, according to USAID/Liberia, will provide electricity for households, businesses, and institutions in Bong County, “especially in the areas around Gbarnga City and key institutions in the Suakoko area such as the CARI, Phebe Hospital, and Cuttington University that have anchored the economies of this area for decades.”
The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held done on Thursday, May 9, 2019, with USAID and its Government of Liberia partners, including the Liberia Electricity Corporation and the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency present.
A 77-kilo meter medium voltage power line that is currently being worked on will supply electricity from the West Africa Power Pool Cross-Border connection in Ganta to communities and institutions along the Ganta to Gbarnga route.
As part of the DMD inspection visit, two USAID-supported Integrated Rice Mill Facilities for rice processing in Lofa County were also visited.
“At the WASH infrastructures in Health Facilities, the DMD and team met with beneficiaries. They also inspected the current status of the clinics and how the new infrastructures will improve health and sanitation delivery systems, prevent infections and spread of diseases, protect staff and patients, and uphold patients’ dignity, including pregnant women.
“The DMD and team also inspected the rehabilitated water treatment plants and distribution systems in Sanniquielle and Voinjama Cities. The expansion will increase the opportunity for about 20,000 additional private connections in each city, complementing the existing water distribution system rehabilitated by USAID.”