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December 11, 2015 Citizens of Nimba County have called on Government of Liberia to privatize the country’s energy sector. The citizens reached the decision at a one day stakeholder’s forum held in Saclepea City, Nimba County, when they voted for a policy that would lead to the privatization of Liberia’s energy sector.

The Forum was attended by hundreds of participants, including Messrs. Thomas Z. Gonkerwon, Transmission and Distribution Consultant of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, and LEC’S Planning Manager, Mohammed L. Sow.

In a resolution prepared by delegates at the end of the forum, the delegates said privatizing the country’s energy sector would ensure continuous power transmission and lower cost for energy as compared to the present where the system is solely managed by the West African Power Pool (WAPP) with low or no power at all.

During the forum, the citizens called on the government through the County leadership headed by Superintendent, Hon. Fong G. Zuagele to give Liberians first management priority if their suggested policy change leads to a bidding process.

Also speaking, the head of the Concerned Women’s Organization of  Nimba County,  Madam Musu Kardamie, called on local authorities to ensure that the recruitment, training and employment of young people from Nimba be prioritized should suggestions are accepted by government. Madam Kardamie said if the private sector works with the locals, it will not only boost the energy sector but also help reduce the high rate of unemployment in the county.

For his part, Nimba County Superintendent Hon. Fong G. Zuagele welcomed the resolutions prepared by  the delegates and assured them that their suggestions and recommendations would be taken to government for proper and necessary action.  Superintendent Zuagele said Nimba is currently receiving the electricity under an agreement between the government of Liberia and Ivory Coast through the WAPP to supply electricity to Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee Counties He said with the privatization of the system, power supply will be on  24 hours a day.

A local businessman, Mr. Tomah S. Floyd said the WAPP agreement has helped them to the extent that are going away from Tiger Generators whose maintenance cost is so high.

WAPP is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that covers 14 of the 15 countries of the regional economic bloc including Benin, Cote d’Voire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and The Ganbia. The other countries are Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

As an International organization of public interest, WAPP is to ensure regional power system integration and realization of a regional electricity market. WAPP is made up of public and private generation, transmission, and distribution companies involved in the operation of electricity in West Africa with 26 member companies.


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