Over 400 homes in Maryland County have been connected to electricity provided by the West Africa Power Pool, a power program that is supplying four of Liberia’s counties bordering La Cote d’Ivoire.
The other counties are Nimba, Grand Gedeh and River Gee.
The head of the volunteers of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Cooper Dahn, working alongside the Ghanaian electricity contracting firm Energy Ventures, told the Daily Observer recently that over 400 homes have been connected, with more connections still pending.
He said other communities outside Harper and Pleebo, including Fish Town, Grand Cavalla and Rock Town will soon be connected.
Mr. Dahn said they are still waiting for LEC to begin collecting electricity bills, because they were only helping to enhance the process so that the contractor could have easy access to homes.
There were allegations that consumers were being asked to pay for meters, wires and light poles, before being connected, but the local LEC authority has denied the report explaining that since the project does not cover every part of those cities, those in need of electricity could provide their poles and wires for connection.
“If any adjacent home wants to be connected and can provide their own wires or poles they can be connected,” a worker said.
Meanwhile residents of Pleebo and Harper are enjoying 24 hours electricity in their homes and business places, but they are yet to know when the LEC will begin to collect electricity bills.
The electricity connection, which enters the county through the border town of Porolo is helping to boost economic activities in Harper and Pleebo.
A volunteer worker said feasibility studies are ongoing to connect River Gee County with power lines.
“We are thinking about taking lines from Maryland to River Gee, because it will be shorter than getting the line from Zwedru,” he said.