Over 300 homes are expected to get electricity from the West African Power Pool before this Christmas the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has said.
LEC’s Ganta office on Tuesday, December 10, began pole to house connections six months after the electricity was tested upon crossing over to Liberia from neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire.
According to the LEC Chief Engineer in Nimba, Mr. Joseph Leay, before the seasons, including Christmas and New Year’s Day, more than 300 houses in Ganta and its environs will be connected to electricity.
This past July, electricity from the West African Power Pool (WAPP) was finally tested in Liberia, a year after the poles were planted and wires run.
The delay in connecting houses was one of the primary issues about which citizens had been complaining, a situation Chief Engineer Joseph Leay accredited to the setting of standards so they could avoid electrical shocks in homes.
Other standard-setting procedures included urging customers to wire their homes with LEC-prescribed wire that could withstand the high voltage instead of the Chinese-made twin wire commonly used by builders.
“Before we connect any home, we will send a team of LEC-qualified men for inspection to ascertain the type of wire being used and how it has been run before connecting any house,” Mr. Leay explained.
Prior to the connection of homes and business places in Ganta, the LEC carried on an awareness campaign informing the public about the process before being connected.
Bessy Gegbe, the proprietor of Planet 44 Night Club in Ganta, said, “I am very happy with the connection of electricity because it will cut down cost for running my generator.”
“Every day I use over six gallons of fuel to run my generator. If there are no customers for the night, we are at loss,” she explained.
According to the LEC, customers will be paying US$ 0.25 per kilowatt hours for electricity, a price some consider to be cheaper than what is paid in Monrovia.
The West African Power Pool is running wires into three counties in Liberia — Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland. The wiring has now crossed major towns and cities of Nimba, including Karnplay, Sanniquellie, Ganta and Saclapea and it is expected to connect Tappita very soon.
The project is being implemented by “Energy Venture” a Ghanaian firm.