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LERC to License All Electricians In Liberia

by News Manager

MONROVIA: The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) Dr. Lawrence D. Sekajipo has disclosed that the LERC will license all electricians in the country.

He vowed that the any electrician in the country who will not have a license from the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission will not be permitted to operate as an electrician in the country.
He made the statement at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular weekly Press Briefing held on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

Dr. Sekajipo said, this measure is necessary because it will enable the LERC to expose unqualified individuals from the society who are imposing themselves as electricians.

He said, some of such persons are in the business of carrying out illegal electrification of homes and businesses houses, leading to constant fire outbreaks.
According to him, the LERC will work with various vocational and technical institutions in the country that are offering courses in electricity and related fields of study.
In another development, Dr. Sekajipo disclosed that after years of civil crisis resulting in the complete destruction of the nation’s electricity generating facilities and the vitalization of transmission and distribution network, the government began revamping the electricity infrastructures with the help of donor partners around 2006.
He said the cost of the electricity service in post-war Liberia has been astronomically high, with a stepwise decline from about $0.60 /kwh in 2016 to $0.56 /kwh ,$ 048/kwh, $ 0.39/kwh before settling at $0.35/kwh in 2017 for all categories of customers.
He said the establishment of the LERC, Liberia’s first post war scientific and evidence –based determination of the cost of supplying electricity was done and a cost-reflective pricing model was developed for electricity market.
He said, using this pricing model LERC, determined and published new tariffs for electrical energy supplied to LEC customers. This new tariff regime, he noted, took effect on January 1, 2022.

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