Liberia: Rep. Suacoco Dennis Vows to Champion Expeditious Passage of Proposed Power Theft Law
MONROVIA – Montserrado County District Four Representative Rustonlyn Suacoco Dennis has assured the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) that she will champion the bill, which seeks to make power theft an economic crime. Rep. Dennis made the undertaken recently during a town hall meeting between residents of the Soul clinic community and Community Outreach team of the LEC.
Rep. Dennis declared power theft as “an epidemic seriously undermining the economy” and demanded that the act must be resisted by the people of Soul clinic and adjacent communities because it undermines the LEC ability to connect new customers to the national electricity grid. She cautioned residents of Soul clinic that power theft is a crime and urged them to help the LEC protect the electricity installations in the community.
“I can assure you that by the time this bill reaches the House of Representatives, know that you already have 20 signatures secured for its passage. I am going to take the lead in ensuring that this bill is pass in the shortest time possible. I like to inform your team that we are going to work with you in ensuring that power theft does not exist in Soul Clinic,” she said.
Soul Clinic is one of the communities earmarked for the resumption of the second phase of the World Bank funded Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP) – Monrovia-Kakata corridor electrification project.
Information and Public Affairs Manager Mambu James Kpargoi informed residents of the resumption of the project and that customer recruitment was underway in four communities including Soul Clinic.
Winston Bedell, Assistant Public Relations Manager encouraged the residents to properly wire their homes in preparation of connection to the national electricity grid. He cautioned the residents not pay money to any crew in the field for connection or to mark their structures.
Network and Installation Supervisor, Brendan O’Connor cautioned residents about the danger theft of electricity would pose to the transformers and other installations that have been installed to provide electricity to their communities. Mr. O’Connor encouraged residents to prevent criminals from making illegal connections to the installations when the lines are energized.
Mr. O’Connor lamented the negative effect power theft is having on LEC’s expansion projects by undermining revenue generation. The second phase to World Bank funded Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEE) – Monrovia – Kakata corridor electrification project is expected to connect additional 10,300 new users to the national electricity grid.