if we acknowledge that NAWEC is facing an unprecedented energy crisis; their
response to the crisis was not satisfactory – putting into accounts the
experience of ordinary citizens in terms of daily electricity shortage.
In a situation of this nature, it’s expected that NAWEC as a public institution will appoint a crisis team to be constantly communicating with the people, giving updates about how they are actually handling the crisis and what they have already achieved in dealing with the crisis.
It’s an open secret that NAWEC is a giant adrift – a bankrupt company that filed a balance sheet last year. But it will be more daring to reform the sector – and to do this, the options are not lacking.
One could assume the need for privatisation of the company by open call for applications after which the most deserving company will buy a share, or tackling the entire system in a short term by injecting a huge sum to rehabilitate its entire aging infrastructure and supply the capital and its surroundings from the service proposed by SENELEC in the short term while waiting for longer term solution.
It will be an ephemeral solution, it has been a profound experiment as other countries have put it to test – like Benin and Nigeria and it worked.
Another courageous and more futuristic option would be to invest in the renewable energy sector. On the latter, Gambia as its neighbours on the continent have enormous potential to explore: solar, wind and biomass. However, each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages that must be weighed carefully.
It is relevant to understand that the time is serious – it calls for more serenity and diligence. We need to value that the sovereignty of the country, the economic and social independence depend on the energy sector of this country, and without it, any investor would be reluctant to invest in a country with high energy uncertainty.
We hope that the launching of the new engine today at the Brikama Power Station would inject new sense of optimism for the people.
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”