water and electricity power house; NAWEC have elected a new board of directors
at an election held at the Petroleum house in Brusubi.
Momodou Cham was elected as chairman, Crispin Grey-Johnson, Bintou Njain and Kebba Sanyang as members. Permanent secretaries of finance and petroleum and energy and petroleum minister Fafa Sanyang as members and a representative from the Office of the President.
Petroleum and energy minister Sanyang said as the country’s electricity and water situation faces challenges despite significant improvement, there is still need for more intervention to achieve the policy objectives of sustainable energy for all Gambians.
He said recently, NAWEC have experienced acute problems in water supply which caused some serious constraints. “My ministry will work with the management of NAWEC and the board of directors to ameliorate the problems of water supply for production and other businesses to efficiently operate.”
Minister Sanyang said they have successfully validated the electricity sub-sector roadmap in July, 2017 which provides pathway that allows government to provide affordable, efficient and sustainable energy for all Gambians. “This is provided with the support of development and regional partners such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Republic of Senegal, People’s’ Republic of China, OIC, OMVG, and ECOWAS.”
According to him, the roadmap is in line with the National Development Plan to provide for least cost of energy production with emphasis on renewable and regional energy trade. He said this will be backed by a robust transmission and distribution network to increase affordable and quality energy access rate of 60 to 80% by 2025. “The strategy for universal access include effort to develop mini-grid and off-grid,” he said.
He appealed to the board members to closely work with his ministry for the achievement of this lofty policy objective, saying they must inject efficiency in the national utility and will eventually give a performance contract to NAWEC’s board and management the operational independence to corporate governance norms and best practices.