As the rains recede and the dry season heats up, LEC, the Liberia Electricity Corporation, will be under greater pressure to supply power to homes and businesses. But not much juice is flowing out of LEC’s power lines these days.
The Corporation, already struggling to keep up with the demand for electricity, said in a statement issued in Monrovia this week that due to the constant break down of its generators, it was compelled to begin rationing power in many areas of greater Monrovia.
LEC’s management and support partners also had to stop construction work on the Mount Coffee hydro power plant owing to the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus which ran many of its expatriate technical counterparts out of the country. The cessation of progress on the hydro power plant for an uncertain duration, dims the hope of the public to see Monrovia and its environs fully electrified any time soon.
Many families and businesses will have to spend even more on fuel for their generators, worsening the economic blow dealt by the Ebola epidemic, still worrying the public. A slight relief was provided by the lowering of fuel and gasoline prices by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation with the support of the Ministry of Commerce.
Already, small businesses are beginning to vent their frustration and grave concern over the power rationing. The affected customers, mainly on the Bushrod Island and in Central Monrovia, are demanding that LEC come up with a strategy to ensure the uninterrupted power supply to homes and businesses.
“Our homes and businesses over the past few weeks have been undergoing serious financial losses and unbearable constraints due to the constant rationing of power supply,” the customers lamented.
LEC customer Beatrice Clinton Browne of Duala community told the Daily Observer recently that she is completely frustrated over the constant power rationing to her home and business.
Mrs. Browne manages a small provision shop to sustain her family of five living in the Duala Community on Bushrod Island.
“I want the LEC management during this critical dry season to work out some concrete plans on how to constantly supply power to my home and business in this Duala area,” Mrs. Browne insisted.