Liberia Electricity Corporation has revealed that people are stealing 60% of the Liberia-generated electricity annually through illegal connections at their homes and industries.
The scarcity of power sources leads to Liberian electricity crisis.
According to the state-owned company, this theft leads to electricity crises and loss of about $35m (£27m). The country is still struggling to rebuild its power sector which destroyed during 1989 to 2003 civil war.
The US is providing aid to West African state to enhance the connectivity as a part of Power Africa initiative. Former US President Barack Obama has launched this initiative to provide electricity facility to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa till 2020.
However, only 12% of Liberians and 20% of Monrovia residents have electricity. It is one of the lowest access figures in the world.
The Liberian government has got a target of rolling out electricity to 70% of Monrovia’s population by 2030.
The main cause of Power theft is that the power utility has not enough sources to meet the huge demand for electricity. That’s why a person connects his own wires illegally to the electrical cable to get electricity.
The power utility has further set-up a task force to patrols neighborhoods to tackle the issue. This force also cuts off the illegal electricity supply. Meanwhile, a hotline also set up to urge people to report power stealing.
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