Alleged LEC High Wages, Power Outages Face Investigation

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Members of the House of Representatives have agreed to look into claims surrounding the Liberia Electricity Cooperation on allegation of high salary and compensation of its CEO and the constant issue of power outages. The House’s Committee on State Owned Enterprises and Public Utilities was mandated by Plenary to conduct the investigation on LEC. The decision to probe accusation leveled against the   Management of LEC and the inconsistency of power supply across Montserrado was reached Thursday, 15 February 2024 during the House’s 11th Day Sitting, based on a communication from Nimba County Electoral District 9 Rep. TaaWongbe.

The Nimba County lawmaker stated that according to various reports in his possession, there seems to be a governance issue at the LEC, with the current CEO also serving as Chairman of the Board.  Plenary would like him to clarify along with the justification for his monthly salary, and that of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the LEC, which is reported to be USD $17,000.00 and $26,655.00 respectively, the communication indicated.  “Given the status of the nation’s economy, these are extremely large amounts these executives are receiving without the public having access to stable electricity. This is very troubling. We are interested in learning how salaries are distributed throughout the company, and the role the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) is playing to ensure stable and reliable electricity,” the lawmaker stated in his letter. Meanwhile, the Committee is expected to report to Plenary within two weeks.

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