Togar Alexander Bealded has called for the leadership of Grand Bassa County to explain clearly to the public why the West African Power Pool (WAPP) project which is a stone throw away from Buchanan City is yet to reach residents of the county for months.
WAPP announced in a Facebook post ‘The Buchanan substation in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County is fully energized and ready. We are connecting light to lives.’
Amidst this announcement that the project is energized and ready, it remains months now and progress to getting electricity reach the people of Buchanan yea Grand Bassa is still scanty.
Bealded said there is need for Legislators, County Administrative leadership and others in the public spheres to give clearly defined information suitable to allay fears that there is a scramble over influential individuals fighting over bids.
‘No individual should drive their personal benefit over the overall benefits of the people especially the Bassa people’ he said in a release.
He continued’ The Bassa people have for too long yearned for electricity and for it to be in their noses at the moment and no information as to when they will get the current is completely regrettable and worrisome.’
At the same time Togar Alexander Bealded has requested the intervention of international partners to oversee the electrification program of Bassa to create transparency and accountability if the county cannot subsidize the running of the program given resources available from CSDF and other interventions that could bring the county dividend.
He said electrification will enhance economic growth and reduction of basic social services as well as create job opportunities for many so there is no time than now for taking actions that will accelerate the project.
Bealded congratulated the government of Liberia and their West African partners who in 1982, Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed to put in place a regional energy policy in order to promote a regional energy market and to optimize resources in West Africa.
Subsequently, in 1999 the West African Power Pool (WAPP) was created and its Master Plan was put in place in 2000 with a view to provide electrical energy at competitive and affordable prices in the West Africa region to ensure e social and economic development.
Within its Master Plan, WAPP planned to accelerate several regional interconnection line projects including a transmission line to interconnect the States of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinée (CLSG).
The CLSG Project is a multinational investment operation and is financed by 4 donors namely, the World Bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the KfW and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The four beneficiary countries have provided counterpart contributions for the payments of Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) and Interest accrued during construction (IDC).
In 2012, therefore, a Treaty was signed by the Heads of State of the CLSG countries to establish a Special Purpose Company called ‘TRANSCO CLSG’ which stands for Transmission Company Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinée.
The objective of the supranational company is to implement the project, specifically to finance, construct, operate, maintain, own and develop the Interconnection Line among the Member States.
Following the signature of the International Treaty governing the CLSG Project, the General Secretariat of WAPP in compliance with its prerogatives as Secretariat of the Treaty initiated the process of establishing the governance bodies of the project as outlined in the Treaty.