President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Ponders Capacity Building For Liberians In Germany
MONROVIA, June 8 (LINA) -The Liberian leader has emphasized the need for human resource capacity development through vocational training for Liberians at the VOITH training institute in Germany to manage the hydro and other power sources being built across the country.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said without major infrastructure like power, roads and water, other development objectives such as effective running of schools, improved health sector, agriculture and other projects will not be successful.
The Liberian leader said the potential for doing business and experiencing growth is significantly tied to the availability of electricity and other sources of power, which will propel the economy and enhance production.
According to a dispatch from Munich, Germany, President Sirleaf was speaking when she visited the VOITH hydro manufacturing facilities in Germany where she had gone to see firsthand the level of work being done on three power turbines and other parts for installation at the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant in Liberia.
Reiterating the significance of electricity, the Liberian leader noted that electricity is cardinal and important for Liberia's growth, economic revitalization and reconstruction drive.
She stressed that the current 22 megawatts of power being used in Monrovia and its environs with a population of about 1.3 million was grossly insufficient to address the level of investment and development that the country has seen after the Liberian civil crisis.
President Sirleaf said the Mount Coffee Hydro with 80 megawatts of power supply and the construction of additional mini-hydro plants in other parts of the country will greatly impact growth and development in a major way and transform the lives of the people.
She underlined that in addition to the Mount Coffee hydro project and other mini-hydro plants in rural areas, the country has made regional efforts with its neighbors to supply electricity through the West Africa Power Pool to about 18 communities that share borders with Ivory Coast.
The project is being worked out with Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast to supply electricity from the Ivory Coast to the other Mano River Union countries.