– US$38,000 to purchase new transmitter
Thousands of residents and hundreds of institutions are still without power on Capitol Hill and in the Township of New Georgia, following a fierce Sunday night storm which brought down power lines and damaged several electrical transmitters.
Lashed by a gust of wind and rain, thousands of residents were forced to spend the night with no electricity and help insight up to press time last night.
Also, on the west of New Georgia Estate, over 100 houses are still without electricity because of the situation.
In Monrovia, the Capitol Building and the Temple of Justice, including residential areas and business centers, are being affected by the power outage.
On Capitol Hill, there are unconfirmed reports of a power transmitter badly damaged by the storm and that only a brand new one at a cost of US$38,000 is needed.
The reports further that an argument to purchase new transmitters is currently ongoing among the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
It is not yet established as to whether the lawmakers have reached a decision to purchase new transmitters at the cost of US$38,000.
The power outage has since rendered the Capitol Building in darkness; and with the resumption of the legislature on Monday, April 6, many are wondering if the “dark chambers” would allow the lawmakers to meet and constitute a quorum to transact the people’s business.
Article 29 of the Liberian Constitution says the legislative power shall be vested in the legislature, which shall consists of two separate houses: A Senate and a House of Representatives, both of which must pass on all legislation.
A female staffer added, “if we have our own generator like in the case of the judiciary, we will not have to wait all the while for authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation to raise voucher and procure a new transmitter.”
The Power Transmitter is a power module that extends the range of a power source. It is constructed with the Habitat Builder and can be placed on the seabed. It connects to nearby power sources (such as Solar Panels and Thermal Plants) and transmits their power to a Seabase or another Power Transmitter.
When contacted, the Management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) told our reporter that the situation will be addressed soon, adding, “so let all those affected by the recent storm rest assured that the LEC will restore electricity to those places.”