Residents of Duport Road Protest in Demand Of Electricity

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Hundreds of residents of Duport Road (Zubai Town Road) Community in Paynesville early Thursday morning staged a protest in demand for electricity in their community.

They block roads, chanted slogans as a sign of expressing their frustration over government’s failure to maintain stable electricity in their area.

They grumbled that electricity is a major source of modern learning and livelihood but has been disconnected something which has forced their school going kids from studying at nights and causing others to live in fear as criminals are on the rampage at their homes.

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Our contributor said, in January of this year, residents  experienced shortfall in the supply of electricity at their homes which was attributed to leakage of ‘transformer oil’ according to LEC workers.

The transformer was replaced in the first week of February but was not connected to the public until February 28,2021 and provided electricity for a day.

The situation according to reports was that Cultural Ambassador Julie Endee a resident of the area was the one who allegedly gave LEC workers $50. USD to provide electricity because she had guest on that day which include the Vice President Jewel  Howard-Taylor at her home to sympathy for the death of her mother.

On Monday evening March 1, 2021 residents of the community met with her and other higher authorities in the community and promised to have the matter settle before Wednesday March 3rd but yielded no fruitful result.

On Thursday March 4th, inhabitants of the area took to the streets to protest, blocking the main road in calling the attention of the requisite authorities in order to address their concerns.

However, the local community authorities and a member of the Liberia National Police with LEC had a dialogue on the issue and promised to have everything under control before the end of next week.

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Credit: D. Laymah E. Kollie