Now an open secret, the electrification of Monrovia’s hard hit crime breeding communities has been described as being at a ‘snail pace’ for yet unexplained reasons by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).
Residents, mainly potential customers and dozens of small businesses in the affected communities and others concerned about crime, have expressed outrage over the delay in getting their areas connected to LEC power lines.
It may be recalled in October 2013, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on the authorities of LEC to start electrifying communities that have been earmarked by the Liberian Government and support partners in Monrovia and its environs.
Since that famous impromptu visit to the LEC in October last year, the community electrification has been at the snail pace thus generating anger and frustration amongst residents and small businesses in those areas in Monrovia.
Political commentators told the Daily Observer last Wednesday that the Liberian leader has been perhaps disenchanted about the snail pace of work that should experience the electrification of the earmarked communities in Monrovia.
In separate interviews with the Daily Observer at the weekend in Monrovia, residents and businessmen and women pointed out that the electrification of their crime breeding communities was critical to their safety and protection from suspected criminals.
“We have been constantly attacked by criminals and our properties looted owing to the fact that our communities continue to remain in perpetual darkness over the years,” the residents lamented.
They also underscored the need for the LEC and support partners to fast-track some of the processes leading to the electrification of their crime breeding communities in Monrovia.
Businessman Varnie B. Stewart of the Coca-Cola Factory Community in Paynesville told the Daily Observer recently that residents of the area have so many assurances from the management of the LEC regarding the connection of the area.
“I have waited for the 12 months to encounter the LEC’s connection crew but they are yet to be seen in the Coca-Cola Factory Community in Paynesville,” Mr. Stewart asserted.
He further explained that the Coca-Cola Factory Community has a large concentration of small, medium and large business entities that are in dire need of sustained power supply in order to make some profits.
Residents and small businesses on the GSA Road in Paynesville also stressed the need for the LEC management to see reason and expand its power connection in that crime-prone community.
Resident Raymond B. Lincoln dealer of whole and retail merchandise goods stated that small businesses on the GSA Road continue to suffer hardship owing to lack of access to sustained electricity to ensure the safety and protection of their business centers.
He added that small businesses continue to experience sustained armed robberies at the hands of criminals.
“I have incurred so many loses due to the constant attacks by suspected criminals under the cover of darkness and other crafty circumstances on the GSA Road in Paynesville,” Mr. Lincoln indicated.