DECEMBER 15, 2016

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TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD, TODAY, THE GIVER OF EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT, WE OFFER OUR PROFOUND THANKSGIVING FOR THIS HISTORIC, CELEBRATORY EVENT.

I AM INDEED GRATEFUL FOR THIS HIGH OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS OCCASION OF MULTILATERAL PARTNERSHIP, NO DOUBT IN A PIVOTAL YEAR OF PEOPLE UPLIFTMENT WORLDWIDE. THE LIBERIA ELECTRICITY CORPORATION, WHICH I CHAIR AT THE PLEASURE OF THE PRESIDENT, IS GOVERNMENT’S MAIN ARM OF OVERSIGHT FOR NEAR AND DISTANT DELIVERY OF POWER SERVICES TO THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE. IT’S GENERAL GOALS ARE ONE OF MULTIPLE ACES, AMONG WHICH ARE AVAILABILITY, AFFORDABILITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY.

FOLLOWING A RUINOUS CIVIL CONFLICT, THE NATION HAD DRIFTED BEYOND THE BOUNDS OF A WOEFUL ELECTRICAL WIPEOUT, WITH MANPOWER CRUELLY CRIPPLED, CAPACITY COMPLETELY DESTROYED, AND COVERAGE UTTERLY DISMANTLED. AT THAT DESPERATE JUNCTURE, OUR PARADIGM PRESIDENT STOOD UPON A BARREN, DISMAL SCENE, AND COURAGEOUSLY CALLED FORTH A PATIENT, PRUDENT PROCESS OF “SMALL LIGHT TODAY, BIG LIGHT TOMORROW.” TO THE ORDINARY LIBERIANS, IT MEANT A RADICAL CHANGE OF PACE, BRINGING LIGHT AGAIN TO THE LAND. IT MEANT NO DOUBT THE READY, REVOLUTIONARY CHANCE TO MOVE THE PEOPLE FORWARD FROM LESSER LIGHT-BEAMS TO GREATER LIFE-STREAMS.

EVER SINCE THAT VISIONARY SUMMONS IN 2006, LIBERIA’S PROVISION OF POWER HAS GAINED IN INCREMENTAL STEPS AND GONE TO MONUMENTAL HEIGHTS GOING FROM A ZERO BASE TO CAPACITY IN MEGAWATTS AND SUPPLEMENTED BY REGIONAL INTER-CONNECTIONS UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL (WAPP), LEC-LED, OPENING UP THE FLOODLIGHTS TO RURAL LIBERIA. WITH NATIONAL POWER CONNECTIONS REACHING 40,000, WE ARE BEGINNING TO RESEMBLE THE PRE-CONFLICT DELIVERY STATUS.

SMALL STEPS HAVE YIELDED BIG RESULTS, THANKS TO OUR TENACIOUS DONOR PARTNERS. AND EVEN NOW, WE CAN HAPPILY HAIL THE ADVENT OF THE GREAT MT. COFFEE PROJECT, BEGINNING AT 22 MEGAWATTS, CAPABLE OF 88 MEGAWATTS AND EXPANDABLE TO 132 MEGAWATTS OF POWER; EVEN NOW A BOUNTIFUL PROLOGUE ASPIRES TO HYDRO CAPACITIES OF UP TO 1,000 MEGAWATTS ON THIS VERY SAINT PAUL RIVER WHEN THE VIA STORAGE AND OTHER CASCADED SITES ARE EXPLOITED AND FACTORED INTO THE LIBERIAN CALCULUS OF MEGA-POWER GENERATION. IN THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT WILLIAM VACANARAT SHADRACK TUBMAN IN HIS 1966 DEDICATION SPEECH, “WE ARE TAPPING GAINFULLY A SOURCE OF NATURAL POWER WHICH PROMISES TO REVOLUTIONIZE OUR WAY OF LIFE AND BRING UNTOLD BLESSINGS TO OUR NATION”.

TIME-TESTED AND SKILL-CRAFTED, OUR MASSIVE, MONUMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDERS AND SUPERVISORS, DAWNUS, VOITH, ANDRITZ, NCC, ELTEL, PSM/JV, PIU AND NORPLAN/FITCHNER, HAVE BEEN KEEN TO DELIVER ON TIME FOR LEC THE DYNAMOS OF LIBERIA’S DEVELOPMENT. WE MUST CONTINUE TO SOLDIER WITH THESE GIANTS AS WE STRIVE TO BRING GREATER CONSUMER ACCESS TO POWER SERVICES ON A LEAST COST PATH OF EXPANSION. LIBERIANS CAN NOW TURN OFF THE CANDLES AND TURN ON THE CRYSTALS. WITH THEIR MANIFEST DISTINCTIONS IN POTENT PROGRAMS OF CAPACITATION, SKILLED AND PROFESSIONAL, LEC MUST CONTINUE TO EMBED IN PERTINENT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, I WOULD AVOW, TO ENHANCE EVEN OUR WORKER WELL-BEING IN LIBERIA.

THEREFORE IN WORKMANSHIP WITH ALL AND PARTNERSHIP WITH MANY, IN LEC WE LAY FULL CLAIM TO A MISSION CONFIRMED AND CONVEYED BY PRESIDENT SIRLEAF: TO BRING POWER TO THE PEOPLE! WITH VISIONS AND VISTAS, FROM OUTLOOKS TO OUTCOMES, FROM GATED COMMUNITIES TO HUTS AND VILLAGES, PEOPLE NEED ALL THE POWER THEY CAN GET — NOT THE POWER THAT RULES BUT THE POWER THAT SERVES; NOT THE POWER THAT RUINS, BUT THE POWER THAT EMPOWERS. THE LEC STANDS EVER READY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE, LEAVING NO STONE UNTURNED TO ENSURE A LEGACY OF PERPETUAL ADVANCEMENT IN OUR ENERGY SECTOR.

WE ARE ALL AGLOW WITH PARDONABLE PRIDE BECAUSE HER SUCCESS REFLECTS HER PATIENCE AND HER PERSEVERANCE. SHE HAS BEEN RESOLUTE AS SHE HAS BEEN RATIONAL. SHE HAS LABOURED HARD AND WAITED LONG. SOMEONE ONCE WROTE THAT “IN A SENSE, PATIENCE IS PROVIDENCE — IT CONSISTS OF IT AND IT PERMITS OF IT.” SURELY, IT WORKS TO THE EDIFICATION OF US ALL.

WE CAN BE FESTIVE AND EUPHORIC ON THIS GRAND OCCASION, AS WELL, LARGELY BECAUSE OF THE UNWAVERING SUPPORT FROM OUR DONOR PARTNERS. THEY HAVE BEEN THE GUARDIANS OF THE GATEPOSTS TO OUR SUCCESS, AND REMAINED GRACIOUS IN GIVING AND FORGIVING.

WE ALSO OWE OUR JOY TO THE KIND ADVISORS, SUPPORTERS AND WELL-WISHERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY HAVE BEEN SELFLESS, GENEROUS AND DEVOTED. OUT OF SATISFIED SPACES AND GRATIFIED HEARTS, WE DEEPLY COMMEND AND HEARTILY CONGRATULATE YOU ALL.

IN THIS SPIRIT OF SINCERE ENGAGEMENT, WE HUMBLY OFFER TO THE SAGACIOUS PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA, TO THE HARMONIOUS DIGNITARIES AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES HERE TODAY, TO ALL OUR TENACIOUS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, OUR HEARTFELT GRATITUDE AND PROFOUND CONGRATULATIONS!

THANK YOU!