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Business Tycoon Takes Over LEC Nimba Grid
By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
GANTA, December 13 (LINA) – Top Nimba businessman Floyd Tomah’s Jungle Energy Power (JE-Power) has been named the company to manage and supply electricity to users in Nimba through the Cross Border Electricity Project of the West Africa Power Project (WAPP) by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).
The company is taking over from volunteers of the LEC who have managed electricity in Nimba since 2013.
The turn over ceremony, which took place recently in Ganta, Nimba County, was attended by LEC authorities, Nimba County authorities, the Legislative Caucus, business executives and citizens, among others.
Turning over the Nimba grid, LEC Board Chairman Ian Yapp congratulated Mr. Tomah and his company for their preferment to manage electricity in the county, saying that “the government is very happy to see Liberians manage electricity in the country.”
He added: “This is one of the things that this government under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has hoped to be actualized.”
The turning over of certain portion of electricity to Liberian investors is one sure way to achieve government's target of providing stable and affordable power supply to citizens, Mr. Yapp maintained.
He pointed out that the JE-Power was selected through competitive and transparent process with key terms and conditions attached to the contract, but stopped short of naming the terms and conditions.
Accepting the contract, businessman Tomah extended thanks to the Liberian government for his company's preferment to manage and supply electricity to its citizens, and promised to live up to the terms and conditions spelled out in the contract.
Mr. Tomah, who is also the Chief Executive Office of the Jungle Water Group of Investment, promised to provide stable and affordable electricity to the people of Nimba, but stressed that this can only happen when users of the current fully comply with the company’s conditions.
“We took over this company because we want to help our people, especially those in business, with cheap and stable electricity, but this cannot happen without your full collaboration with us”, Mr. Tomah stressed.
The turning over of LEC Nimba grid to a private entity to manage followed a meeting organized by the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy in 2015 in Saclepea to discuss the privatization of electricity in Nimba.
The Saclepea meeting was attended by stakeholders and ordinary citizens of the county, majority of whom suggested that the electricity in the county be turned over to a private company to manage for their (citizens) convenience.
Meanwhile, the Nimba Business Community has expressed joy that one of their members was preferred to manage electricity in the county.
The community, through one of its members, Pharies Dekpah, promised to do everything possible to maintain the electricity projrct.