Several parts of the borough of New Kru Town on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia were over the weekend seen lighted with power supply from the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s (LEC).The New Kru Community, where at least five persons have died from the deadly Ebola virus, contains a good number of Liberian and foreign-owned businesses.For the past three weeks, the LEC Management resolved to cut off the New Kru Town Community on the Bushrod Island, due to power theft.As a result of the numerous power theft occurrences on the LEC’s power lines in several parts of New Kru Town, the electricity agency shut down the supply of power to its many customers.According to LEC Management, power theft on the power lines over the years has caused the Corporation to lose thousands of United States dollars in order to buttress the Liberian Government efforts in the provision of constant power supply.“We eagerly want to provide power supply to all parts of Monrovia and its environs, but our efforts are thwarted owing to the constant power theft on our power lines in Monrovia,” an LEC official told the Daily Observer recently.A few weeks ago, LEC’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph T. Mayah told the Daily Observer that the Corporation had crafted a master plan to address the growing demands by Liberians for quality provision of power supply.However, he regretted the huge destructions on almost all the vital installations of the LEC during and even after the 15-year civil war in the country.To date, Mr. Mayah explained, several reconstruction and rehabilitation projects are ongoing in Monrovia and other parts of the country under the auspices of the LEC.Mr. Mayah also urged Liberians, investors and foreign business entities to exercise patience as the system works with supporting partners to mobilize the needed funds for the reconstruction of the energy sector of the country.He further extolled the excellent relationship amongst the many donor and support partners that continues to provide the critically needed funds for the reconstruction of the energy sector.Meanwhile, the partial restoration of LEC’s power supply to the densely populated community of New Kru has been described as a significant development in the interest of a secured environment and better business atmosphere.Postwar Liberia’s LEC challenges and constraints have been the shockwave of power theft by what many observers believed is the work of a well organized crime syndicate of unscrupulous individuals.It can be recalled that about five months ago one Akoi was electrocuted following attempt to steal power.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…68 parcels to be granted by SeptemberThe Guyana Forestry Commission has been flocked with 459 applications from interested stakeholders after concessions for 68 parcels of land were advertised.This disclosure was made by Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman and Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), James Singh on Thursday, which suggests that interest still prevails in the traditional sectors.Generally, the Commission would advertise areas available for allocation and after the applications are received, they are screened by a Technical Sub-Committee for the requisite criteria.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman“We would first advertise areas available for allocation, having checked those areas, and verify that they have stocking. We normally advertise for one month. We receive applications. The applications are screened and processed and then they are reviewed by the GFC Board, Technical Sub-Committee, which has a series of criteria that they use to evaluate the applications. Those criteria are public. The Technical Sub-Committee would then make its recommendations to the full GFC Board which would then approve the award of concessions,” the Commissioner explained.The process, Singh said, would take some two months. Since they are in the reviewing stage, the applications should be granted by September.“That process would take between one or two months. Currently, the Board’s Technical Sub-Committee is in the process of reviewing the 459 applications. Hopefully in September, we’ll be able to make the award.”During World Environment Day last June, the Government said it was looking to make reforestation a mandatory requirement for loggers and miners applying for concessions, so as to preserve and sustain its forests.President David Granger had emphasised that protecting the environment is an obligation, not an option. It was noted that Guyana is proud to be part of the “Guiana Shield,” which is considered to be the “lungs of the world”. To this end, he underscored the importance of safeguarding the country’s forests from harmful activities, such as mining and logging.“Mining and logging are two of the principal contributors to deforestation. Small-scale mining alone accounted for about 89 per cent of deforestation over the past three years. So small-scale mining has a large-scale impact on the environment. Deforestation by both mining and logging has scarred our rainforests with craters. These wastelands result in further land degradation of the exposed land. Guyana’s forestry and mining laws will be strengthened to make re-forestation and land reclamations conditional for the approval of mining and logging concessions,” the Head of State posited.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Hockey Canada has selected 31 kids from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek to participate in their Dreams Come True program starting on this weekend.The event which is part of the development program prior to the start of the U-17 Hockey Championships.The $30,000 investment by Hockey Canada gives 31 children aged six to ten who can’t play hockey due to financial barriers the ability to play. Children were supplied with full body equipment courtesy Bauer and a year’s worth of minor hockey fees paid for.- Advertisement -Organizer Karin Carlson said, “The dual event is taking place in Dawson Creek on November 5th. The kids and their parents will be transported down there via bus and will be given their fitted gear. They will be given lunch, on ice time with Hockey Canada coaches as well as off ice activates. Everything wraps up by 1:30 p.m. so they can attend the opening U-17 Hockey Championship game at the Encana Event Centre, with tickets and food voutures provided for them.”This is one of four such events hosted by Hockey Canada in 2017. There will also be coaching clinics for all hockey positions, jamborees and parent information sessions the weekend of November 3rd at the Pomeroy Sports Centre and Encana Event Centre for the general public.