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DOKU group, NAWEC donate water tanks to community to control spread of Covid-19

Mar 27, 2020, 10:26 PM | Article By: Fatou B. Cham

In response to the COVID-19 menace, DOKU Group Civil Engineering Company in partnership with the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) Tuesday commenced a nationwide exercise to provide localized portable water tanks and sanitizers to communities as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 in The Gambia.

It began in Willingara Bantaba where the community benefitted from two water tanks. The gesture is aimed at addressing the water shortage that the communities have been encountering and to provide clean and hygiene water supply.

Gallo Saidy, Managing Director of DOKU group said they aim to give 50 tanks across the country. He added that their main goal is to ensure that people wash their hands and stay hygienic at all time.

According to Mr Saidy, NAWEC is trying to be proactive by helping communities they are serving and the areas that are having difficulties in terms of getting water. “The water tanks are meant to address the issue of water shortage in areas facing water shortage during this difficult time” he went on.

Mr. Saidy said they hope that the materials will be helpful to the communities in the fight against COVID-19 in the Gambia, urging the beneficiary communities to take ownership of the tanks.

Yahya Nyangado, a native of Willingara Bantaba explained that sometime they used to go for a week without accessing water, saying that they cannot stay hygienic without water and therefore thanked DOKU Group for their timely intervention. He expressed the community’s readiness to make best use of and take care of the tanks.

Mbakeh Jaiteh in his remarks on behalf of NAWEC explained that the tanks were purchased in partnership with SWEGAM and DOKU Group to ensure citizens stay hygienic as recommended by the WHO. He said the gesture is in fulfillment of their corporate social responsibility particularly during these trying moments.