United States Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas Greenfield has described as extraordinary and encouraging the level of work accomplished so far at the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in White Plains outside Monrovia.
Assistant Secretary of State Greenfield, who is a former U.S. Ambassador accredited to Liberia, told the Senate leadership when she met with them at the Capitol Building recently that her commendation was based on what she observed when she visited the worksite.
The US diplomat told the Senators led by Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah that “the United States is working assiduously to see the completion of the hydropower plant,” and she would return in December when the plant would have been completed for turning over to the Liberian government. However, during his recent appearance at the Capitol Building, former Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh informed the Senate that the hydropower plant will be officially completed by July 2017.
During the meeting held in the offices of Pro Temp Jallah, Secretary Greenfield reminded the senators that electricity is a key element that accelerates development and that the United States government has provided US$240 million for development purposes in Liberia, including the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant.
Pro Temp Jallah praised the US government’s development assistance to Liberia over the years describing it as “dividends of a true relationship.” The hydropower plant is a major stimulus to economic activities, “because it is the source of electricity that engenders power and heat,” said the Pro Temp.
The lawmakers thanked the US government for its continued and sustained support to Liberia which they said speaks to genuine collaboration between the two nations. They also acknowledged America’s involvement in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic as timely and helpful, culminating in the permanent working relationship between the US Centers for Disease Control and Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The senators called on the United States to continue to stand by Liberia, especially in the wake of UNMIL’s departure.
The Senate leadership attending the meeting with Assistant Secretary Greenfield included Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Chair on Executive; Varney G. Sherman, Chairman on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims & Petitions; H. Dan Morais, Chair on Foreign Affairs; Edward Boakai Dagoseh,
Chairman on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget; and George Tamba Tengbeh, Chairman on Rules, Order & Administration.
Other Senators included Stephen A. Zargo, Chairman on Defense, Intelligence, Security & Veteran Affairs; Peter Sonpon Coleman, Chair on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs; and Thomas G. Grupee, Chairman on Internal Affairs, Reconciliation & Good Governance.