The Liberia Electricity Cooperation (LEC) has selected the Old Matadi Community to pilot a new project, to connect customers to the national electricity grid on a monthly flat rate.
The initial pilot phase of the project will target about 25 homes, with the aim of increasing access to electricity and at the same time help reduce power theft.
The project reinforces the LEC’s commitment to support the government’s pro-poor agenda, to improve the livelihood of the people.
After the pilot phase, the project would be extended to several other communities across the network area.
Speaking to residents of Old Matadi on Thursday, LEC’s Network Superior Patrick Smith, assured residents of the corporation’s commitment to provide affordable and reliable electricity in all parts of the country.
“This is our way of demonstrating to you, the residents of Old Matadi, that the LEC is changing the way we do business. This is to show that we care about you,” Smith said.
Mr. Smith further said the launch of the flat rate project is a demonstration of the LEC’s commitment to address some of the challenges faced by its many potential customers.
He cautioned residents of Old Matadi to properly wire their homes to avoid electrical shocks.
Mr. Smith also assured the residents that the LEC will install safety breakers, to regulate the flow of electricity into various homes.
LEC’s executive director for commercial services, Samuel Zimbe, called on residents to be responsible for the usage of the current by paying their bills regularly and on time.
“Residents of Old Matadi will be good citizens by paying their bills regularly and on time,” Mr. Zimbe said, admonishing them to take charge of the pilot project as its success lies within their hands.
He called on residents to be their own security, so as to avoid power theft and the wrong usage of the power supply.
Speaking on behalf of the community, Mr. Kemoh Sheriff thanked the management of the LEC for selecting Old Matadi to launch the project.
He assured the LEC that the community will work to achieve the aim of the project.