Electricity to Power Liberia's Growth

Lack of reliable energy supply has hampered Liberia’s recovery and growth, Agence France-Presse reports.

“Basic infrastructure and service delivery to the Liberian people have become extremely limited, thereby undermining the possibility for economic growth,” Samuel Kofi Woods, Liberia’s public works minister, told AFP.

The war-ravaged nation has so far restored between 5 percent and 10 percent of electricity coverage after rebels shelled the Mount Coffee hydroelectric plant in 1990. The construction of the national grid was progressing “very slowly,” with coverage limited to Monrovia and capacity is “very low,” according to Augustus Goanue of the Rural Renewable Energy Agency. 

The U.S. and European Union are currently providing generators to help light up streets, business centers and private homes in Liberia.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.