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Liberian power utility cancels electricity connection fee

In efforts to accelerate access to electricity and making it affordable for all, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has decided to remove the upfront service connection fee.

Until the recent official announcement, new customers were required to pay the $55 service connection fee as a perquisite for electricity connection, the Capitol Times reported.

[quote]The service connection fee would now be deducted after connection over a period during the purchase of recharge tokens.

The decision was reached after a careful review of the customers’ connection procedures, the power utility explained.

Electricity connection fee

This latest shift in policies will afford all Liberians, regardless of status, access to electricity services at an accelerated pace.  Read more…

LEC Managing Director Ernest R. Hughes, said: “In order to increase access to electricity, we are taking this major step by cancelling the down payment of service connection fees, which was a major bottle neck in our recruitment drive. The overarching objective of this policy is to reduce customers’ wait time for connection and to resultantly increase the number of customers.”

Meanwhile, the LEC reiterated that electric power items such as wires, meters, light poles and streetlights are absolutely not for sale.

Anyone encountering any individual selling these inventories is encouraged to report them to the management of the corporation or the Liberia National Police.

Individuals caught in this unscrupulous act shall be investigated and prosecuted, the power company warned.

Illegal electricity connections

It can be recalled that Liberia has been battling with illegal electricity connections and vandalism, resulting in LEC losing about $300,000 in monthly revenues. Read more…

ESI Africa previously reported that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf instructed the minister of lands, mines and energy, Patrick Sendolo, to promulgate stronger regulations to impose higher fines and prison terms pursuant to the Electricity Law of 2015 as amended to mitigate the constant abuse of the country’s limited resources.


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