The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) says it is deeply troubled by the huge wave of Power theft that is perpetrated on the national grid, such as one that resulted in the regrettable death of Melvin Pratt of Clara Town.
The late Pratt was discovered dead on a light pole in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 27, in Clara Town.
LEC said in a release that it is saddened that a young man died in such a horrible manner. According to sources, the late Pratt was hired by an unidentified individual for U$20 to provide an illegal LEC connection, which led to his untimely death.
“It is not worth dying for U$20,” the utility provider said, calling on those involved to desist from such deadly activity. Highlighting Pratt’s death as a gripping consequence of power theft, LEC is calling on residents to condemn those who engage in power theft.
“Electricity theft is dangerous to the system, the people and to properties and as such must not be encouraged in our society,” the release said. “Power theft is not only denying the LEC its intended revenue, but it is also affecting its valued customers that are regularly paying their bills and recharging their meters. Community leaders and residents have a big role to play in helping the LEC combat this problem, the release said.
With the involvement of communities, precious lives will be safe; properties will be protected from fire outbreaks and a reduction in tariff.
“Do not allow someone to die in your community because he or she is tampering with the LEC system and do not allow you or your kid(s) to get electrocuted due to poorly connected wires,” the LEC management appealed.
If anyone is discovered tampering with an LEC installation the general public is kindly asked to contact the following two cell numbers. 0886313301 and 0776075167 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The release urged the general public and those desirous of being connected to the LEC grid to stop dealing with unauthorized persons, but go to the LEC Commercial Office located at the LEC Head Office near Waterside to begin the process to obtain a duly registered meter.