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Gov’t dedicates Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant, ask successor for continuity in development

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The newly renovated Mt. Coffee Power Plant
The newly renovated Mt. Coffee Power Plant

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on successive Liberian Governments to build on development programs initiated by their predecessors.

The President spoke during the commissioning of the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant on Thursday, December 15, 2016, in Harrisburg, in Lower Montserrado County,

She  said as a clear demonstration of the concept of continuity, her administration has other infrastructural development projects initiated by the late President William V.S Tubman, William Tolbert and Samuel Kanyon Doe.

The President underscored that the hydro was first constructed by President William V.S Tubman, and is being reconstructed by her administration following its destruction during the Liberian Civil War.

She also made reference to the rehabilitated and operational Senje vocational and technical College of the University of Liberia in Cape Mount that was initiated by the late Samuel Kanyon Doe.

President Sirleaf said: “I hope that my successor will emulate me and complete other unfinished projects on my development agenda.”

She said the first phase of the electrification project will benefit eighteen communities in Monrovia and its environs. The Liberian leader also lauded local and international partners for the implementation of the hydro project.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf delivering her dedicatory speech of the Hydro plant

The Foreign Minister of Norway, Budge Brende, commenting at the dedication ceremony said:” President Sirleaf’s administration has taken Liberia from war-torn country to a stable democracy.”

Minister emphasized that projects undertaken by her administration, including the Mount Coffee Hydro project are significant to national growth and development, and that dedication of phase one of the hydro power project is indicative of Liberia’s graduation from war-torn status to a bearer of development.

Minister Brande pledged his government’s continued partnership with Liberia in bringing greater transformation to the country.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas Greenfield, said the hydro is one step closer to providing opportunities to deserving Liberian generations.

Madam Greenfield said: “The hydro is key to the US Government’s desire to provide electricity to over 15 million homes in Saharan Africa.
Madam Greenfield also the idea will further strengthen Liberia –US relations.

Meanwhile, the MCC Deputy Director, Nancy Lee, committed the institution support to LEC through capacity training to maintaining the facilities.

For his part, Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo, said;” The commissioning of the Mount Coffee Hydro is the finest hour of the Liberian Government.”

Minister Sendolo said the hydro is the desire of the Liberian government to provide brighter economy for the Liberian people.

The commissioned hydro is the first turban completed, and will produce about twenty-two megawatts of electricity power to Monrovia and its environs.

In a related development, the Board Chair of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Ian Yhap, said Liberia is getting to its pre-conflict status by the lighting of the hydro.

Mr. Yhap charged Liberians to begin switching on their big lights and do away with the candles. Thousands of Liberians are today celebrating the dedication of the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant by government.

The jubilant citizens told elbcradio.com that it’s a dream come true for the country and its business partners.

They said for the first time in twenty-six years, electricity will be intensified throughout the country under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and thanked the Liberian Government for the idea.

One thing for sure is that the initiative will boost economic activities across Liberia.

 


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