Mount Coffee Project – A Promise Fulfilled

first_imgNews that Liberia’s much awaited power plant project (Mount Coffee Hydro) destroyed during the civil war has finally been revamped to meet some of the country’s growing demands for energy use is not only a promise fulfilled by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, but also one of the proudest moments for Liberia since the return of peace almost two decades ago. For so long, not entirely the fault of this Administration, Liberians have had to endure hardship associated with non-availability of electricity or where available, it has been largely inadequate or epileptically provided from whatever source it came.In post-war Liberia, petty traders have relied heavily on imported generators to sell cold water and other locally produced beverages with low returns on their sales as they had to spend some of the meager amounts accrued from the sales to purchase gasoline or pay for the locally supplied electricity from the neighborhood. At the end of the day, they always complained of low profit margins. It is also fair to point out that while there has not been any independent assessment to establish the health hazard associated with the use of some of those generators, such as fire incidents and the loss of property, there exists the probability that several people have suffered respiratory problems due to excessive exposure to carbon monoxide. That, not to talk of loud noise we hear from communities, made it impossible for any sound sleep. In today’s world, scientists and common people do agree that electricity is one of the key factors necessary for the rapid development of other sectors of the economy. Therefore, its absence or partial provision brings lots of discomfort not only to the city dwellers who have become accustomed to the use of electricity-based equipment such as television, cell phones, refrigerators, among others, but also hampers economic activities and slow down or deters investors. Cognizant of this reality, President Sirleaf’s administration has always emphasized the importance of resuscitating the energy sector as a gateway to economic revitalization. With the completion of this project, it has now become apparent that the saying frequently echoed by her administration “Small Light Today and Big Light Tomorrow,” which has been interpreted by many as one of those politically crafted slogans designed to appease the masses, has now hit home for real. The truth is that President Sirleaf believes in the methodical approach to tackling development challenges, something she has demonstrated over time and evidently, this has proven efficient as opposed to disjointed approach. The steady progress the country has witnessed in the last decade sprang from well thought out development initiatives rooted in the vision propounded by her administration since its inception. For instance, the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy (iPRS), as well as the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), and most recently the Agenda for Transformation (AFT), all considered the energy sector as a critical component of the country’s development agenda. As a proponent of the Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030, Liberia is poised to maximize the use of electricity to accelerate its developmental goals. This is based on the scientific evidence that the use of electricity as a clean source of energy is more efficient and sustainable than other sources of energy that breed environmental problems. For instance, a study has revealed that “current projections estimating world population growth read in conjunction with corresponding projections of increased world energy consumption, point to electricity as the cleaner fuel of the future, especially because of its efficiency and low levels of pollution.” Clearly, the resuscitation of the Mount Coffee Dam is one of the many projects that this administration has undertaken with commitment and dedication. Indeed, the launching of the Mount Coffee hydro plant is a promise fulfilled. It is an affirmation, and it does reinforce to the people to never lose hope in the determination of a government that has proven ability to turn things around despite numerous obstacles, if only we care to reflect on the past. Emerging from the status of a Failed State to an internationally accepted player among the comity of nations speaks volume about the resolve of Madam Sirleaf’s leadership to the meet critical developmental needs of Liberia. In the next few months or so, we shall turn our searchlight on some of the achievements of this administration. At least not for the purpose of showering praises, but to inform that when discussions are held about the legacy of President Sirleaf, the record stands tall; and that there are more positive things to account than detractors will want us believe. It all boils down to simple appreciation of government’s efforts and the need to show a minimum respect for authority especially when the government has demonstrated over time, its readiness to meet its obligations to citizens despite the daunting challenges.About the author: Abu M. Kamara is Minister Counselor and the Deputy Chief of MissionEmbassy of Liberia in Riyadh- Saudi Arabia Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Paulo Dybala’s latest tweet has got some Man United fans very excited

first_imgManchester United welcome a former hero to Old Trafford tonight, but could they also be hosting a future Red Devil?Cristiano Ronaldo’s return is undoubtedly the main story as Juventus face United in the Champions League, however Paulo Dybala’s appearance provides an interesting sub-plot. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions United are known-admirers of Dybala, who has struggled for goals since the arrival of Ronaldo at Juve.The Argentine has been forced to play second-fiddle for both club and country, with Lionel Messi understandably ahead of him in the pecking order for the Albiceleste. REVEALED Dybala has sent United fans into meltdown on Twitter Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY The Theatre of #Dreams : To play in such historical stadiums you have to do a lot of sacrifices as a boy! #ucl #championsleague #ManUtdJuve #uefa #OldTrafford— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 22, 2018In the build-up to the Group H clash on Tuesday night, Dybala suggested he wouldn’t mind playing at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.The 24-year-old shared a picture of himself inside Old Trafford with the caption: “The Theatre of Dreams: To play in such historical stadiums you have to do a lot of sacrifices as a boy!”And some United fans on Twitter offered to make his dream become a reality: Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED huge blow ADVICE no dice getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 6 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF last_img read more