More Citizens Receive Electricity as Ellen Dedicates Another Sub-station

Thursday, 27th September 2007
President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon to the Electric Power sub-station in Paynesville.
President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon to the Electric Power sub-station in Paynesville.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated the second phase of the Emergency Power Project, reiterating her governmentís commitment to revamping the countryís power sector.

Speaking in Paynesville on Wednesday, President Johnson Sirleaf described the dedication as a continuation of Governmentís commitment to restore electricity to Monrovia and other parts of the country. Government, an Executive Mansion release quoted the President as saying, is working with its international partners to expand electricity to rural Liberia.

The Liberian leader lauded the European Union (EU), USAID, the Volta River Authority of Ghana, the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Government of Norway for their efforts in bringing the project to reality.

The President added that the distribution in Paynesville will be upgraded to medium voltage. Electricity, the Chief Executive said, will be extended to Bushrod Island early next year.

The President also spoke of plans to revamp the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant to provide a long term solution to the countryís energy needs.

Volta River Representative and Ghanaian Ambassador Francis Adu-Amanfoh, EPP Project Manager Joseph Mayah and Paynesville Mayor Isaac Flomo, also addressed the occasion.

Electricity was restored to a number of communities last year, when President Johnson Sirleaf switched on some lights in more than two decades, under the first phase of the countryís Emergency Power Program.  Most of the countryís infrastructure including the hydro-plant were destroyed during the more than fourteen years of civil conflict.