LERC Commissioner Designate Promises Enhance Service Delivery and Accountability

Apr 4, 2024 - 15:52
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LERC Commissioner Designate Promises Enhance Service Delivery and Accountability

By: Emmanuel Toe 

Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commissioner (LERC) designated has expressed deep concern over the inadequate service delivery and poor performance that have trouble the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) over the years. 

Amara Kamara emphasized that these issues have taken away confidence in the LERC's ability to regulate and ensure accountability among stakeholders and the public.

Kamara outlined several initiatives aimed at addressing these challenges, including securing government budgetary support and aligning donors with priority areas.

He pledged to engage closely with the LEC to assess the impact of tariffs on consumers, ensuring that consumers do not bear the burden of the utility's inefficiency.

“We will closely with LEC to insure assess of electricity and the impact of tariffs on consumers are not burden on them”

Furthermore, Kamara highlighted the importance of promoting economic investment in the energy market to increase revenue generation, emphasizing the need for sustained regulatory awareness and enforcement of International Standards Organization (ISO) codes for electrical materials and consumables.

The Commissioner Designate also announced plans to facilitate the formation of an Energy Sector Working Group, focusing on regulatory governance, policy oversight, and operations.

Kamara underscored the importance of involving Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in discussions to enhance the sector's efficiency and effectiveness.

He, at the same time, stressed that prioritizing investment in the energy sector is vital for unlocking Liberia's potential and driving sustainable development.

“We need to involveIndependent Power Producers (IPPs) in discussions to enhance the electricity sector's efficiency and effectiveness,this will also unlock potential and sustainable development for the electricity sector.” 

Additionally, Kamara promised to establish a sustainable relationship with Transco-CLSG and CI Energies, with a focus on increasing power imports through CLSG to address immediate demand, resolve legacy debts, and honor ongoing obligations.

During his confirmation hearing before the Liberian Senate on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, Kamara outlined plans to implement power control mechanisms to mitigate commercial losses in the system.

If confirmed by the Liberian Senate, Kamara's administration pledges to prioritize these measures to enhance service delivery, accountability, and efficiency in the Liberian energy sector.

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William K Howard William K Howard Jr is a young Liberian Journalist who is focused on investigative and human-interest reporting. He comes with about 10 years of experience in mainstream journalism. William K Howard is currently the Deputy Director of News at CT.com Liberia Limited, Kool 91.9FM/TV. His hard work has also earned him several professional certificates in journalism including Journalist of the year 2022/2023 in Liberia's biggest city, Paynesville.