Several parts of the borough of New Kru Town on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia were over the weekend seen lighted with power supply from the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s (LEC).
The New Kru Community, where at least five persons have died from the deadly Ebola virus, contains a good number of Liberian and foreign-owned businesses.
For the past three weeks, the LEC Management resolved to cut off the New Kru Town Community on the Bushrod Island, due to power theft.
As a result of the numerous power theft occurrences on the LEC’s power lines in several parts of New Kru Town, the electricity agency shut down the supply of power to its many customers.
According to LEC Management, power theft on the power lines over the years has caused the Corporation to lose thousands of United States dollars in order to buttress the Liberian Government efforts in the provision of constant power supply.
“We eagerly want to provide power supply to all parts of Monrovia and its environs, but our efforts are thwarted owing to the constant power theft on our power lines in Monrovia,” an LEC official told the Daily Observer recently.
A few weeks ago, LEC’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph T. Mayah told the Daily Observer that the Corporation had crafted a master plan to address the growing demands by Liberians for quality provision of power supply.
However, he regretted the huge destructions on almost all the vital installations of the LEC during and even after the 15-year civil war in the country.
To date, Mr. Mayah explained, several reconstruction and rehabilitation projects are ongoing in Monrovia and other parts of the country under the auspices of the LEC.
Mr. Mayah also urged Liberians, investors and foreign business entities to exercise patience as the system works with supporting partners to mobilize the needed funds for the reconstruction of the energy sector of the country.
He further extolled the excellent relationship amongst the many donor and support partners that continues to provide the critically needed funds for the reconstruction of the energy sector.
Meanwhile, the partial restoration of LEC’s power supply to the densely populated community of New Kru has been described as a significant development in the interest of a secured environment and better business atmosphere.
Postwar Liberia’s LEC challenges and constraints have been the shockwave of power theft by what many observers believed is the work of a well organized crime syndicate of unscrupulous individuals.
It can be recalled that about five months ago one Akoi was electrocuted following attempt to steal power.