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Majority Leader condemns Jawara’s regime for not electrifying Gambia

Sep 21, 2015, 11:31 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta has said that during the First Republic, Gambians did not think of electricity in the rural areas because the government of former president Dawda Jawara “did little” in that regard.

“But today, thanks to the Second Republic, rural electricity (problem) is a thing of the past,” said the Majority Leader who is also the National Assembly member for Serekunda East.

He made this remark at the National Assembly on Wednesday while speaking on the six loan agreements tabled by the Finance Minister for ratification.A loan agreement is on rural electrification.

Hon. Jatta said the government of President Yahya Jammeh, unlike that of Jawara, “is continuously committed” to electrifying the rural areas.

“In the next four years, if you come to this country you would see a difference in terms of development,” he declared.

Also speaking of the electricity loan agreement, Bintanding Jarju, National Assembly member for Foni Berefet, said the loan “is very important” because electricity is a service that is needed by both rural and urban dwellers.

“This is a service that people cannot go without; so the loan agreement is very important,” she continued.

Hon Jarju added that making electricity available in the rural area would go a long way in enhancing the development of the rural people.

“If electricity is available in the rural areas, it would help the women to keep their vegetables without any problem,” she pointed out.