Lofa County Flag
Ex-Chief Urges Wise Use Of Yandohun Hydro-Power
By Korboi Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent
KOLAHUN, March 25 (LINA) - A prominent citizen of Kolahun District in Lofa County has urged citizens of Yandohun Town to use the electricity provided by government to get into business and other activities, to bring economic growth to the County.
Mr. Jackson Ndorbor, former Chief of Yandohun, said if residents of the town wisely use the available electricity to engage in revenue generating activities, they will graduate from the hardship to improved condition of living.
On Wednesday, February 18, 2014, President Ellen Johnson dedicated a 60KW hydro-power plant valued over US$540,000 for use by the people of Yandohun and surrounding areas in Kolahun District.
According to the Liberia News Agency, ex-Chief Ndorbor told a mass meeting of citizens on Monday in Yandohun Town that the electricity was not just for merry making, but also intended to empower them economically.
According to LINA, work at the refurbished 60KW mini-hydro power plant in Yandohun commenced right after President Sirleaf issued Executive Order Number 23 establishing the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) aimed at facilitating and accelerating the economic transformation of rural Liberia, through the provision of modern energy services.
The hydro power plant, which had an initial capacity of 30KW, was first constructed by a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Gary Duncan in 1977 on the Yandohun River, but was destroyed during the Liberian civil war.
The new 60KW mini-hydro power plant is currently providing electricity to three communities -Yandohun, Dangalahun No.1 and Dangalahun No.2, with nearly 200 homes benefiting from the electricity in the areas.