In West Africa, while efforts have been paying off in the fight against power theft through a campaign spearheaded by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), a new initiative among power consumers has been established.
The LEC chairman of the board of directors, E. N. Yarl, has applauded the new drive saying that it is worth emulating, the Liberian Observer reported.
Yarl said this while he was touring the entity’s operations in southeastern Liberia.
It is reported that in March 2016, residents in Zwedru were for the first time connected to the electricity from the West African Power Pool.
However, soon thereafter the community was disconnected and it is reported that it has been almost a year since then, with thousands of customers registered on the waiting list.
Delays in restoring power has been blamed on high bush that has covered electric lines along the route from Toe Town to Zwedru, becoming the main obstacle to the reconnection, media reported.
Restore electric power campaign
In a meeting with local authorities along with representatives of the business community held in the administrative building in Zwedru, media reported that Yarl assured attendees that with the initiative taken, electric power will be restored within a month before the rainy season.
He said there are plans to involve some residents along the route into the system with compensation to regularly brush the roadsides as well as protect its power lines.
Fruitful electric power campaign
Earlier this month, LEC stated to have been making progress in its campaign to eradicate power theft in Monrovia and its surroundings.
The power utility announced the arrests of 318 people in the city for power theft offence, among the culprits were prominent business companies.
The LEC launched an anti-power theft campaign in July 2016, in bids to reducing the effects of this crime on its bottom line.