The Government of Liberia and MBH Power Limited Nigeria have signed a Euros 18.9 million (about US$ 21.6 million) for the design and construction of electricity distribution network in Monrovia and its environs, otherwise known as the Consolidation of Monrovia Electricity Distribution Lot 2.
The money was provided to the Government of Liberia by the European Union (EU) to address the increasing demand for electricity in various parts of the city which is expected to be implemented by MBH Power Limited.
The installation of the new power distribution network will allow the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to connect additional homes and to increase its customer base to absorb the increase in quantity and provide much cheaper energy expected to be generated by the Mount Coffee Hydro plant.
Speaking during the signing ceremony Thursday, December 5, 2018, at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, EU Deputy Head of Delegation, Juan Antonio Frutos, explained that the project foresees the proper connection of 38,000 household to the national grid.
The EU Head named communities expected to benefit from the project as Peace Island, TB Annex, which runs from Congo Town Back Road to ELWA Junction, GSA Road, Zubah Town, Rehab Road, SKD Sports Complex, Rock Crusher, Liberia Broadcasting System, and German Embassy, among others.
Representing the Government of Liberia at the signing ceremony, Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah opined that the Monrovia Consolidation of Electricity Distribution Lot 2 will reduce the issue of power theft in different communities in Monrovia.
He pointed out that Liberia is grateful to the EU which remains one of the trusted partners in its development drive, noting: “Electricity and roads remain a major priority in achieving our government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.”
“We are making all of the efforts to ensure rapid development across Liberia, focusing specifically in the areas of electricity and roads construction; without power, we will not be able to succeed in our development drive,” Tweah emphasized.
It can be recalled that few months ago the Government of Liberia in partnership with the European Union signed the Monrovia Consolidation of Electricity Lot 1 Project with the MBH Power Limited, Nigeria to electrify thousands of homes in and around Monrovia.
For his part, the Marketing Manager of MBH Power Limited, Rachit Shah, lauded the Liberian Government for awarding his company the contract to electrify over 30,000 homes across Monrovia under its Monrovia Electricity Distribution Electricity Lot 2 Project.
Shah noted that as a responsible institution, MBH Power Limited is fully aware of the electricity challenges facing Liberia and is committed to making the necessary efforts to complete the work in a timely manner and with high standard.
He pointed out that his company seeks cooperation from major stakeholders and people of Liberia to enable it perform this task as expected.