The main LEC lineMonrovia-Kakata Electrification Project Gets UnderwayAuthorities at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) say the second phase of the World Bank-funded Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP) — of the Monrovia-Kakata corridor electrification project — has resumed.According to the LEC, the project aims to connect 10,300 new users to the national electricity grid. LACEEP also aims to advance Liberia’s national Agenda for Transformation to achieve a more prosperous and inclusive society.Authorities indicated that Customers’ recruitment is underway in Soul Clinic, FDA Community, Mt. Barclay, and Johnsonville.Households, small businesses, institutions as well as large commercial and institutional users are among the targeted beneficiaries of the ongoing project, authorities have said.The LEC authorities said phase one of the project saw the construction of a 66 kilovolts (KV) transmission line from Paynesville to Kakata, the rehabilitation of the Paynesville substation, and the construction of a 66/33KV substation in the city of Kakata.“A new 66/33KV substation has also been constructed in Kakata and expansion work is being concluded on the existing 66/22KV substation in Paynesville. The project also entails the construction of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) tanks and pipelines,” they said.The phase of the project which entails the electrification of communities in the economic corridor of Paynesville-Kakata is underway.“This will pave the way for meter installation, which is expected to begin over the coming weeks. The project is also expected to connect customers in the city of Kakata and Wheala pending the full completion of the Kakata sub-station and construction of 66KV transmission line between Paynesville and Kakata,” the LEC authorities said.The LEC meanwhile over the weekend informed residents of the mentioned communities to properly wire their homes in preparation for connections. Residents were warned against individuals requesting money to mark their structures.Brendan O’Connor, Network and Installation Supervisor, cautioned residents of the danger of theft of electricity that would be posed to the transformers and other installations that have been installed to provide electricity to their communities.He further encouraged residents to prevent criminals from making illegal connections to the installations when the lines are energized.Mr. O’Connor explained the effect power theft continued to have on LEC’s expansion projects, which also undermines revenue generation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Government of Guyana has created two new positions to accommodate the rehiring of former Ministers Dominic Gaskin and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.On Tuesday, the Ministry of the Presidency announced that Gaskin has been appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Business Ministry with responsibility for the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers and access to markets, particularly Eastern Caribbean markets. Additionally, Dr Roopnarine has been appointed Director of Public Service Training within the Ministry of the Presidency with responsibility for training standards at the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service, Guyana Defence Force Staff College and Guyana Police Force Staff College.Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge has been appointed Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity and the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation. Guyana Times understands that both Gaskin and Roopnaraine continue to recieve super salaries.Gaskin, Dr Roopnaraine, Greenidge and former Minister Joseph Harmon, all dual citizens, resigned as Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) effective April 25.On April 30, Harmon, a United States citizen, was appointed Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states that “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state”.In February, Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George had ruled on the case filed by Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud. In the case it brought to the Chief Justice, Government had argued that Persaud’s dual citizenship status invalidated his vote in support of the No-confidence Motion that brought the Government down.The Court of Appeal later upheld the January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly.These latest appointments by Government have already received much criticism by sections of society as the move by the Administration is viewed as an unnecessary burden on taxpayers. From their job descriptions, Gaskin and Dr Roopnarine have full control of several aspects of the Ministries, despite having a sitting Minister.With respect to Greenidge, he has gotten much support since he plays an integral role in the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy case.Last week, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo threw his support behind the retention of the services of Greenidge, saying “With all due respect, with our border case before the International Court of Justice, you need someone who has in-depth knowledge about the issue…he should be retained because of that concern”.