Liberia’s Electric Crisis: 60% of Power ‘Stolen’
People steal about 60% of the electricity generated in Liberia annually by making illegal connections to their homes and businesses, the state-owned power utility has said.
The theft caused annual losses of about £35m (£27m), Liberia Electricity Corporation officials told state radio.
This robbed the utility of money needed to extend power supply, they added.
Liberia is trying to rebuild its power sector, destroyed during a civil war which lasted from 1989 to 2003.
But up to now only 12% of Liberians – and less than 20% of residents in the capital, Monrovia – have electricity, one of the lowest access rates in the world.
The government has set itself the target of rolling out electricity to 70% of Monrovia’s population by 2030.