The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has cited the Liberia Electricity Corporation(LEC), Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission(LERC) and Mines, Energy, Natural Resources & Environment to address concern of continues inadequate power supplies and distribution in in the Country, especially Monrovia and its environs .
The Liberian Senate Plenary during its 9th Day Sitting on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 ordered that the relevant authorities appear before the Senate as a “committee of a whole” on Thursday, December 2, 2021 to address the concerns.
It can be recalled May of this year, 2021, the Senate cited the LEC and its operating partners on ghe same matter of concerns but yield no fruitfulness up to present.
The Senate decision was triggered by when Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence reechoed the need that the Senate take a definite action on said matter.
Senator Lawrence stressed the need that moving forward, the committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget approves the budget of all spending entities on the basis of the submission of their performance report for scrutiny purpose before allotting said funds.
In a related development, the Senate has mandated the Secretary of the Liberian Senate to officially communicate with the authority of the Ministry of Public Works for a budget performance report on the expenditure of supplementary fund approved in the special budget(July to December 2021) for the installation of solar lights in four counties.
The Senate’s decision was based on a concern raised by Grand Bassa County Senator, Jonathan L. Kaipay drawing the Senate’s attention to an approved budget of US$700, 00(Seven Hundred United States Dollars) in the Special Budget from July 1, to December 31, 2021 for the execution of the solar lights project in the four counties, including Grand Bassa.
Senator Kaipay asserted that since the approval of said budget the implementing entity is yet to execute said project, citing her County (Grand Bassa) as evidence.