In West Africa, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) will soon connect 8,000 households and businesses to the national grid, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe said during a Cabinet Retreat last week.

Nagbe added that the connection initiative falls in line with government’s 20-month development plan, which includes the connection of an 18MW heavy duty fuel oil plant, GNN Liberia reported.

[quote]The connection initiative will be implemented across Congo Town, Paynesville and Gardnersville, the minister noted.

LEC to connect industries

The minister added that government is in discussion with the European Union (EU) and the World Bank to assist in the expansion of grid-connected homes and businesses within the Monrovia axis, GNN Liberia reported.

Nagbe informed journalists that Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo and his team from the LEC, revealed a detailed electrification implementation schedule, which will soon be actioned.

According to the minister, electrical equipment has been procured including meters to facilitate the new connections within the Monrovia region.

Affordable power for economic growth

Earlier this month, the Liberian government entered into two financing agreements worth a total of €59 million ($6,655 million) with the European Union (EU) to supply the country with affordable electricity.

At the time, the finance and development planning minister, Amara Konneh, said that the two agreements will support Liberia’s electricity programme as well as strengthen institutional capacity at the National Authorising Office for coordination programme.

According to local media, Konneh stated that the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, which will light up Monrovia by December this year, is an indication that Liberia is on the verge of making strides in transforming the economy.