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Keep electricity supply constant

Nov 1, 2010, 1:56 PM

We have been enjoying relatively consistent electricity supply for some time now. This has been a blessing to all who can afford it in the Greater Banjul Area. Having a good and dependable supply of electricity is vital to national development.

For example, it benefits not only tourism, but also the manufacturing industry.

Almost all businesses depend heavily on electricity and therefore pay NAWEC handsomely for a good power supply.

Some of our neighbours have a wide ground to cover before they could reach the level we are in The Gambia with regard to power supply; so we must be thankful for what we have.

We also don't forget that people pay huge sums of money for electricity. As we have stated on this page many times before, the cost of electricity supply puts many people to the pin of their collar. It is for this reason that people have a right to expect a constant power supply.

Unfortunately, over the last three months or so, people in many parts of the greater Banjul area and its environs were experiencing frequent power outages causing serious constraints for households and setback to businesses in the country.

We were told some few weeks ago by NAWEC's director of Generation that the erratic power supply that has been hitting the country was due to a serious fire outbreak that destroyed three of the engines at NAWEC's Kotu Power Station in July this year.

A NAWEC report published in our last Thursday's edition stated that twenty-four containers loaded with new materials earmarked for the Brikama Power Supply Project recently landed at the project site to speed up its completion.

Whatever the case, something must be done as quickly as possible to address the power outage the country is faced with at the moment. It is all well and good for those who can afford to go and flick the switch of a generator when the main power supply fails, but what of those who do not have generators?  When there is power outage the great mass of people and households in the country are simply plunged into darkness.

NAWEC staff must be extra diligent in their work, and try to ensure that frequent power cut in the country, especially in the nerve centre of business transactions and residential areas, becomes a thing of the past.

It is our fervent hope that, as we continue along the path of development, we will soon leave the days of power outages behind us, which will be a good thing for all and sundry, and for the economy.