From Musa Moore Sherman | GNN Correspondent | Nimba County |
Following report by the Daily Observer newspaper that Jungle Energy Power has increased its electricity price in Nimba County, a report which has sparked protests among electricity consumers, the management of Jungle Energy has rubbished the report.
Jungle Energy Power is a company which is the supplier of the Nimba grid by the West Africa Power Pool through Neighboring Ivory Coast, and is owned, and operated by businessman Tomah Seh Floyd Sr,, the company was alleged in the media of abruptly hiking the price of electricity in the County, allegedly requesting its consumers to service fees for a meter from US$60 to US$100.
Following the report by the Daily Observer, some citizens of the county expressed serious frustration over the reported increase in the price of electricity, noting that they are buying their own wire and poles, and sometimes transformers before they can get connected.
Making Clarification on the Daily observer publication the public relations officer and administrator at the JEP Bob Marshall Dolo confirmed that the report from the paper was truth and correct but Clarification needed to be made especially the hiked in the price of meters that move from US$60 to US$100 is because of the high price of the meters, wires, poles, and transformers in the world market.
Mr. Dolo at the same time said they have introduced what they called connection package that will involve the workmanship of the connection process which has push them to introduce the cost US$100 for the connection, he meanwhile said the reason why there are extra fees for the purchase of the wires and meters is because of the dying need of some customer who will want to get the current they (JEP) are not ready for to connect especially when that community is not map by the field workers.
Mr. Dolo complained of power thift in Ganta and attributed it to the lost the company is experiencing in other to remate it obligations to Ivory coast where the Nimba grade is source.
JEP is cloth with the authority to provide current for 10 years in the region and they have gone 4 years with the current not in the entire county.
As we speak the company is implementing contracts from the United states Agency for International Development (USAID) for the electrification of Bong County and its surrounding from the power line in Nimba County.