The slow distribution of electricity in Nimba is costing the Government of Liberia and its West African partners millions of United States dollars.
Almost two years since the giant power line crossed over to Liberia from the Ivory Coast, it is yet to cover the needed communities, especially in large towns and cities where commercial activities are booming.
From Karnplay to Saclepea on one hand and Toe Town to Tappita on the other hand, people are still struggling to get connected to the power line, but finding it very hard, with technicians complaining of lack of materials including wires, poles, meters and transformers.
Many communities in Sanniquellie, Ganta, Saclepea, Tappita and other towns where power lines are installed are yet to receive electricity.
“We thought this electricity was brought to generate revenue, but we are not seeing any seriousness on the part of government and even those that are sponsoring it,” said Moses Manzah, a resident of Ganta.
Complaints about the delay in the distribution of electricity remain the talk of people in every part of Nimba County.
The actual reason for the delay in the distribution of power to the communities is yet to be established, but technicians working at the Liberia Electricity Corporation in Nimba suggest that the holdup is due to lack of materials.
In July 2013, Nimba benefitted from electric power supply from the Ivory Coast, under the West Africa Power Pool, funded by the European Union and implemented by a Ghanaian firm known as Energy Venture.
The availability of power supply was happily welcomed by citizens, especially those living in cities and large towns.
The West African Power Pool covers counties along the border with Ivory Coast, including Nimba, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland but most of these counties are yet to be connected.