first_imgReacting to the concerns of the General Services Agency (GSA) Road’s residents and businesses, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has admitted it is facing serious constraints in the country’s energy sector.They admitted that concerns expressed by residents and businesses on the GSA Road are genuine and plans are being worked out to ensure the area is fully connected this year. LEC, however, pointed out that some parts of the GSA Road have been connected on their power lines in Paynesville.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Monday, April 28, LEC’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Joseph T. Mayah, claimed that the nation’s electrical system was almost completely destroyed as a result of the civil conflict.He said prior to the 15-year-civil war, the LEC operated nationally with total assets of US$700,000,000. Unfortunately, the company’s power plants and related facilities were completely destroyed rendering the system useless.“We must be realistic with Liberians and let them know that the LEC has many hurdles to clear. Liberians should continue to exercise patience as we translate our plans into practical solutions. We are doing all we can to provide the nation with the best service possible,” Mr. Mayah explained.He disclosed that Liberia’s electricity sector has received strong support from the Liberian Government, and its partners from around the world.The LEC’s Deputy Chief said the Corporation’s major donor partners were the World Bank, European Development Bank, African Development Bank and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Shedding light on the Mount Coffee Hydro project, Mr. Mayah said steady progress has been made with a commitment from government and its partners of US$260,000,000 to complete the plant. If things work out according to schedule, the hydro should be completed by 2015.He said the LEC is in the business of selling a product and should therefore be able to provide reliable power to its many customers in the country.“Our expansion initiative in Kakata in Margibi County is nearing completion, as bulk of the power lines connections have been installed,” he added.According to him, the expansion project has received a contribution from Japan of US$27,000,000; with the World Bank pledged US$16,000,000 and the Liberian Government promising US$30,000,000. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles 19-U, fresh off an undefeated run in league play, will depart for Woodland Thursday in search of an Area One Tournament championship and a ticket to the American Legion State Tournament.Close behind them on the 101 will be the club’s younger counterparts, the Humboldt Eagles 17-U, as well as the Northern Humboldt Giants 17-U as both teams will travel to Yountville to compete in the American Legion 17-U State Tournament which begins Friday.High-flying Eagles prepare for …last_img read more

first_imgThe government on Thursday hit out at the civil society members, led by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, over the Lokpal bill saying they go to public after every meeting “which is not right”. Law Minister Veerappa Moily said, “I am the convenor of the Lokpal drafting committee. We are keen to bring the bill. It is our genuine intention to bring the bill in Parliament in the monsoon session. But we observe that after every meeting is over, the civil society members go to public attacking us. This is not right.” On Wednesday, the seventh Lokpal drafting committee meeting ended in a deadlock, with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal saying another meeting would take place on June 20, where the members ‘will try to arrive at a consensus’. RTI activist and panel member Arvind Kejriwal had said on Wednesday the meeting was not good and nothing would come out of it. “Out of forty issues, we had agreement on 34 issues and disagreement on six issues,” Moily said on Thursday.   “They wanted a big Lokpal, we agreed. We agreed to every demand, but are we drafting a legislation or redrafting the Constitution for the Lokpal? They want changes in Constitution. Do they want to rewrite their Constitution? We want to bring a legislative bill, not a constitutional amendment,” Moily added. Attacking the government a day after the breakdown of talks over Lokpal draft bill, Hazare threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing it of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare stated that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more