Liberia: Government Agencies Owe Over $1.3 Million to LEC

The Board of Commissioners (BoC) of the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) has expressed its dissatisfaction that several public bodies have accumulated an energy debt of USD 1,321,196 from the provision of electricity services by Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC). The Commission is calling on LEC management to immediately embark on a massive exercise in disconnecting these “overdue and persistent debtors”.

This measure, notes the BoC, is in line with Regulation 28 of the Customer Service and Quality of Supply Regulation, which provides that “a service provider may disconnect service to a customer when the customer: does not pay not an invoice for the service for more than 14 days from the date of issue of the request for payment by the service provider”.

LEC management recently informed the BoC of LERC that several autonomous government agencies and commissions have failed to settle their energy debts and are now in an “overdue situation” with the company.

Institutions accountable to the Society include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geographic Information Services (LISGIS) , Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), National Housing Authority (NHA), National Transit Authority (NTA), National Aids Control Program (NACP), National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), National Drug Service (NDS), National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and University of Liberia (UL).

Dr. Lawrence D. Sekajipo, Chairman of LERC BoC, said that “the Commission supports LEC’s decision that persistently defaulting customers and illegal consumers of electricity are immediately disconnected by the company.”

There remains a compelling need for electricity consumers to continue paying their bills to ensure that the electricity utility, the Liberia Electricity Corporation, generates enough revenue to provide reliable and stable service to the people of Liberia. , noted Dr. SekaJipo.

The Commission expresses its appreciation to the President of Liberia, His Excellency George M. Weah for the overwhelming support to LEC on the proposed measures for the recovery of arrears, including the termination of service to delinquent customers and the immediate disconnection of customers who are illegally connected.

Ashley C. Reynolds