The government of Liberia through the Liberia Electricity Corporation has broken grounds for the commencement of energy works on the Robertsfield Highway.
The project is sponsored by the African Development Bank, (AfDB) and other development partners of Liberia.
According to LEC, the connection exercise stands to benefit over 45 thousand homes along the Roberts International Airport Highway through Harbel, Margibi County.
LEC authorities informed Journalists, the exercise which is under the Liberia Energy Efficiency and Access Point (LEEAP), entails the construction of 66 kilovolts (kV) double circuit transmission lines from Paynesville to RIA.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony in Shufflin on Wednesday, LEC Project Coordinator Henry Kimber said, two substations of the main electrical grid will be constructed both opposite the camp Shuffling barracks and RIA to power the rest of the communities. Meanwhile, another phase of the project which is expected to be launched on 8 May, in Pleebo, Maryland County, will witness the construction of a medium voltage network in communities along the Pleebo-Fish Town corridor.
The LEC project coordinator however challenged community dwellers to take ownership of the work in a mood to help government in collecting the required necessary revenue for future expansion and development. “This is not a World Bank, European Union, neither an African development bank project, as such, you need to play your part for its success”, says Mr. Kimber.
For his part, African Development Bank Country Manager Dr. Orison Amu said the AfDB is committed to helping Liberia in providing electricity to everyone. He expressed satisfaction for the active involvement of the Bank in the soon to be success story in the energy sector.
Dr. Amu was also quick to admonish Liberians to report and avoid power theft which according to him, cripples the operations of the LEC. He applauded President Weah for submitting a document to the Senate to make power theft an Economic crime which is non billable under the laws of the Country.