first_imgA Liberian-based NGO, Higher Ground International (HGI), working to improve rural communities, has begun the construction of hand pump and sanitation facilities in Arthington, Lower Montserrado County.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Wednesday, May 21 in Arthington, the founder and chief executive officer of HGI, Madam Henrietta White Holder said that the initiative is meant to restore dignity in the lives of rural community residents.“The projects in Arthington are intended to improve the living conditions of the residents after being affected by the civil crisis in Liberia. This is in fulfillment of a dream that we conceived few years ago while in the United States to come back and help our fellow citizens,” she explained.She said that about 10 communities in Arthington that are lacking safe drinking water and sanitation are expected to benefit.“At the moment, we have constructed hand pumps and toilets in three of the communities and with more funding we intend to expand,” she further said.Madam Holder disclosed that, they are expected to embark on an agricultural program in Arthington, upon the completion of the hand pump and sanitation projects.“We have a 150 acres of land earmarked for crop production to create economic opportunities for many residents in the communities. Farmers will be supported in growing crop to raise income,” she said.She said the agricultural project will initially target more than 100 farmers.According to her the program will seek to create processing facility for crop like cassava, adding that the processing house has already been constructed.Madam Holder, however, mentioned transportation difficulties and funding as some challenges confronting their developmental initiatives.Meanwhile, the HGI founder told our reporter that they intend to launch their developmental activities in Arthington this week.She said the program is expected to bring together government officials and some members of political parties.According to her Peace Ambassador George Weah is expected to launch the program.At the same time, residents of Arthington have described the initiative of HGI as a welcoming development.The Artington residents said that that for a very long time, they have lacked safe drinking water and sanitation.The City Mayor of Arthington, Genius White, who also added his impression on the HGI’ initiatives said that the development was timely.“The residents of our city do not have access to safe drinking water. Many times, we drink from the creek which is not safe. Therefore, we are very thankful for the undertaken of the HGI,” he told this paper in his office on Wednesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA sophisticated network of stolen electricity was yesterday dismantled when crews of the Energy Monitoring Section of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) raided the Township of West Point that resulted to over 250 homes being disconnected and huge bundles of illegal wire confiscated. According to a release from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the crew discovered several cables hooked to a high voltage line supplying the Township before distributing the illegal power to several homes.The LEC team disconnected the illegal cable from a light pole, which was the main source, before moving from house to house to unstring a tangled mess of wires used for the exercise.Residents disconnected said they pay US$40 monthly per household for the illegal connections in addition to purchasing wires.Owen Richards, head of the Energy Monitoring Section, said the Township was one of the hotspots of electricity theft in the country. “We have raided this Township several times before. This is in continuation of our regular monitoring exercise in West Point. West Point is one of the hotbeds of power theft, so we have made it our duty to regularly move into the community to inspect our lines to ensure that they are not being tempered with,” Richards said.He said Thursday’s raid yielded tremendous success, saying that due to the frequency of previous operations, the crew was astonished to discover that the illegal network has become more complex, sophisticated and larger in scope. “They are now running their lines in the community conspicuously. These criminals are demonstrating total disregard for the rule of law. We will onwards increase our monitoring operations in West Point,” he said.He vowed that the operation in the Township will continue until electricity theft becomes unprofitable for the suppliers and end users.Electricity theft is widespread throughout the network areas of the Liberia Electricity Corporation. The phenomenon, which is causing huge revenue losses for the LEC, is an ongoing challenge and has taken many forms. The company says it has lost well over US$1 million to power theft just this year alone. Not only are there many incidents of residents in the network area stealing electricity through illegal connections, but a significant number of subscribers are bypassing meters and using the utility without paying bills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more