Without any source of light at night, rural settlements around Monrovia continue to endure total darkness and the resulting increase of criminal activity causing hardship for the residents.
In a two-day tour of some affected communities outside Monrovia, it was observed that due to the perpetual darkness in their areas at night, suspected criminals continue to ransack homes and businesses.
Many people in the settlements are outraged at the snail’s pace of progress of the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s (LEC) expansion program and the inability of LEC to provide power supply.
LEC officials in Monrovia have on many occasions given assurances of reliable and expanded power connections and power supply to all categories of business entities and homes.
In a press statement last week, LEC officials pointed out that several plans have been put in place to enhance its expansion to some of Monrovia’s rural settlements in 2015.
Such utterances, many Liberians say, should be translated into practical actions by the LEC management.
Information from the LEC says its line crew has begun to rehabilitate damaged light poles and connecting a few homes and businesses.
Meanwhile the result of the slow pace of LEC expansion to the settlements outside Monrovia and other parts has enabled criminals to intensify their attacks on homes and businesses.
Many suspected criminals are taking advantage of the perpetual darkness in those rural settlements to torment residents and businesses.
Several residents and business owners told the Daily Observer over the weekend that sustained power supply is the practical answer to combat the criminal menace.
In an interview with the Daily Observer, businessman Kollie B. Jackson, 57, pointed out that until the LEC can provide power services to their communities, criminals will continue to disturb them.
Mr. Jackson, who runs a small provision shop at the Soul Clinic Community, intimated that efforts to accelerate LEC’s expansion could be the best alternative to protect rural settlements.
Businesswoman Dorothy B. Kimba, 54, noted that the intermittent power supply contributes to suspected criminal activities in rural settlements.
Madam Kimba, who runs a mini restaurant at the Wood Camp Community in Paynesville, said electricity expansion must be given some boost and financial support to ensure sustained power supply.
She also stressed the urgent need for the Liberia National Police (LNP) and other security agencies to step up their usual night patrols in order to contain criminal activities in Monrovia and its environs.
“We need practical protection in order to do better and secured business activities in crime prone communities of Monrovia and its environs,” Madam Kimba concluded.