Liberia owes $ 9 million for electricity
Senate pro-tempore Chie reveals
By Ethel A. Tweh
The government of Liberia is indebted to the West African Power Pool of neighboring Côte d’Ivoire, to the tune of $ 9 million, reveals here the president of the Senate Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie.
The Chie Senate says that because of the debt, the Ivory Coast is forgoing sending electricity to Liberia until the money is paid.
He explains that the counties of Grand Gedeh, Maryland and Nimba, among others, have received electricity from Côte d’Ivoire for a very long time, but that only Nimba pays his bills.
He says other counties used electricity without paying, forcing the government of Liberia to owe this huge amount of money.
Speaking in the Liberian Senate chambers on Tuesday, January 11, Chie also revealed that Guinea and Sierra Leone have already subscribed to the West African Power Pool, but Liberia has yet to sign due to its indebtedness.
Also speaking, Maryland County Senator Gbleh-bo Brown says that as a senator he pays the electricity bills in his county, noting that because previous and current Liberian administrations are failing to put in place regulatory measures for the accumulated amount.
For their part, Senators Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence and Jonathan L. Kaipay of Grand Bassa County note that during their annual leave, residents of Grand Bassa complained about the lack of electricity in the county.
According to Senator Kaipay, he uses his private generator at his home in Grand Bassa County, not the West African Power Pool, but residents believe he has access to such a facility and do not want them to benefit from it as well. .
Speaking of their break, most senators reiterate the problems with road connectivity across the country, which they say cause problems for citizens and leaders.
Maryland County Senator James Biney, now a member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, said President Weah, President Chambers, Vice President Kofa, Senate pro-tempore Chie and other officials Government keys come from the southeast, yet the road conditions are very deplorable. .
Senator Biney wonders how residents access hospitals in the southeast when the roads are not passable. However, he assures that the roads in the south-east will be paved under the Weah administration to relieve the citizens.
Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, although his county is home to the nation’s capital, also suffers from poor road conditions, noting that Brewerville, Artington, Clay Ashland and Todee all look like bush towns due to the lack of roads. and electricity.
Liberia operates an 88 megawatt hydropower plant, but distributing electricity across the country remains a serious challenge for the government. 246-megawatt-soon / Editing by Jonathan Browne