Gbarpolu Needs US$2.35m for Hydro-electricity

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Gbarpolu County will need U$2.35m, to complete the Marvo Hydro-Electricity Project, located in Sapima Town, Bondi-Mandingo Chiefdom, Bopolu District, Gbarpolu County Superintendent Armah M. Sarnor says.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer reporter touring the county over the weekend, the superintendent said the project was assessed and developed by the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy (MLME) in collaboration with the Rural Renewable Energy Agency (RREA).
The hydro-electricity project is in consonance with the issuance of the Executive Order No. 23 by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, directing the MLME to turn a dream into reality by ensuring that off-grid rural communities benefit from low-cost energy under a project called ‘Catalyzing New Renewable Energy in Rural Liberia’, which led to the establishment of the RREA.
Supt. Sarnor called on the sons and daughters of Gbarpolu to help in the realization of the hydroelectricity to help transform the lives of the people.
“I want to use this medium to call upon the sons of the soil – Robert Sirleaf and Minister Amara Konneh – to help us sell the project,” Supt. Sarnor said.
Madam Gertrude Truman, an elderly Gbarpolu resident, said the electrification of the county would not only give “life” to the county but also help the people to engage in smaSpeaking in the Belleh vernacular, and through an interpreter, Madam Truman appealed to the county’s children to “bring current in the county.”
She said since the unsuccessful Rep. Alfred G. Koiwood Communities Electrification Project, over 8,000 people in two of the five communities in Bopolu District, want electricity.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the County’s authority has allocated US$40,000 to support the project from its annual budget allocation of U$200,000.

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