PRESS RELEASE: ECOWAS President Special Representative extols LEC for new accomplishments

Monrovia – February 16, 2016: The Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia Ambassador Tunde O. Ajisomo Wednesday paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Foday Soko Sackor.

During the visit to the Corporate Headquarters of the LEC at Waterside, Amb. Ajisomo congratulated Mr. Sackor for the extensive work the new Management has done in a relative short period of time.

The ambassador laid emphasis on the issue on power theft, which, he considers “very mischievous and counterproductive to the economy of Liberia.” The Ambassador stated emphatically that the people of Liberia should appreciate The LEC’s new vision of ensuring the supply of affordable and reliable electricity by connecting more customers to the national grid. “Do not steal energy because the energy is for you”, the Ambassador said.

He urged the LEC to offer electricity to all ECOWAS Missions here as well as other foreign missions and international organizations. Ambssador Ajisomo recommended that the LEC meets with the Secretary General of ECOWAS in order to solidify the ECOWAS Energy Component of the West African Power Poll.

Managing Director Sackor expressed delight in receiving the ambassador and outlined some of the recent progress made by his management team. “The Leader to Light up the Nation” MD Sackor disclosed that the LEC customer base has increased astronomically to 49,000 and recounted the remarkable improvements made in customers’ connection, as well the ongoing fight against power theft.

“We are reducing power theft by connecting more customers; we are averaging 3900 customers monthly,” MD Sackor said.

Touching on the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea cross border project which will interconnect countries within the Mano River Union (MRU), MD Sackor said this project could be a game changer for the LEC. He said the project would give the Corporation the capacity to export power to neighboring countries. The future of the LEC looks very bright, he said