38, 000 Households To Get Electricity Connection – As European Union Provides US$21m. Grant
The Government of Liberia (GoL) with funding from the European Union (EU) over the weekend signed the Monrovia Consolidation Electricity Distribution Lot 2 contract with MBH Power Limited in the tone of US$21million.
The agreement will see the increase in electricity distribution in some parts of Monrovia and its environs.
Areas in Monrovia expecting to benefit from the connection to the power grid includes Peace Island, TB Annex community (from the Congo Town back road to ELWA Junction), GSA Road, Zubah Town, Rehab Road, SKD Sports Complex, Rock Crusher, LBS and behind the German Embassy in Congo Town.
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) who is also Liberia’s Chief Authorizing Officer Samuel D. Tweah affixed his signature to the agreement while Marketing Manager Rachit Shah, of MBH Power Limited, a Nigerian owned company played a similar role on the behalf of his company.
Making remarks at the signing rite in the edifice of the MFDP 10th Floor Conference Hall, Minister Tweah directed strong emphasis on the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)-led administration focus to provide stable and affordable electricity as well as road connectivity, which according to him are serious constraints government is currently facing.
“Without power, no matter what we do, the Pro-poor Agenda will not succeed. The transformation of this country relies on the quantity and quality of electricity supplies; you have to know that it is our almost priority. “My advice to the MBH, we have to move fast, you can clearly see the political environment. There is no margin for delays,” Tweah beseeched MBH Power Limited.
“What we want is a country and a President that is respecting the norms of the standard of laws, so we are complying while applying due pressure to delivery in record time,” he added
For his part, Juan Antonio Frutos, Deputy Head of Delegation and Charge’ d’Affaires of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, noted that the electricity supply project will set the right path for the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to double its efforts aimed increasing its consumer’s ratio.
“The project foresees the proper connection of 38,000 household connections to the grid. As mentioned during the signing ceremony of the Lot-1 (transmission lines), today we assemble to complete the package with the distribution component (Lot-2),” the EU Deputy Head of Delegation asserted.
The EU diplomat also further that the government of Liberia would need to make available necessary funding for the resettlement compensation for the local population along the connection lines while at the same time adding that 40 young people vetted on a gender-balance basis would have the opportunity to learn through the project.
EU Deputy Chief said: “Since the new government has stressed the need for all projects to put an emphasis on training and technical education and the EU fully agrees with this approach, this internship program has even been increased and reinforced. With the extension of the electricity grid and the need for more connections, there will be a need for more qualified electricians in the country.”