The erratic power supply in Voinjama City has contributed to a dramatic increase in criminal activity to the detriment of its residents and businesses.
In a day-long tour of the densely populated county capital, several business people told the Daily Observer that due to the erratic power supply to the city, criminals have taken advantage of the darkness to loot property and attack other residents.
According to some of the affected residents, criminals continue to terrorize their homes and businesses with the sole aim of stealing their hard earned property and doing them harm.
They explained that the potential targets of the criminals often include restaurants, night clubs, stores, shops and educational facilities and photo studios.
The Residents claimed that the Liberian National Police personnel assigned in Voinjama City are understaffed and lacked some of the necessary equipment to combat the current wave of crime in the area.
They expressed the opinion that if their power supply was spread to several strategic parts of Voinjama, there would be a decrease in criminal activity in the city and its immediate environs.
“We are expressing our concerns now because we want the authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to institute necessary and speedy measures to rescue us from the menace of the marauding criminals in Voinjama City,” Beyan Kollieboi, a businessman, stressed.
Mr. Kollieboi called on the LNP’s top officials and those assigned in Voinjama City to work out new strategies against the criminals in order to bring sanity and a peaceful environment to local Liberian-owned and foreign business entities.
He pointed out that a reliable and sustained energy supply is critical to Liberia’s quest to reduce poverty and minimize socio-economic hardship in rural areas of the country.
“I’m disappointed and frustrated over the unstable power supply coming from the Voinjama City Corporation (VCC).
New strategies should be designed to meet the current demands of businesses and residents,” Mr. Kollieboi concluded.
With the noticeable exception of the United Nations Peacekeeping facilities and certain private homes, several parts of the provincial city of Voinjama continue to spend their nights in darkness.