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NAWEC seeks greater energy expansion, as it hands over multi-million project to local contractors

Sep 5, 2011, 12:27 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

The National Water and Electricity Company, NAWEC, on Saturday 3rd September handed over the first phase of a multi-million dollar energy project to five local contractors at a ceremony held at the Governor’s office in Brikama. 

The contractors are Dabanani, Power Com Mu Gaw, New Gambia Industrials, General Engineers, and BB Electrical.

The $22 million funding, obtained by NAWEC through the Gambia Government from the Republic of Venezuela is, among others, aimed at refurbishing, rehabilitating and expanding the electricity network in the Greater Banjul Area.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Lang Sabally, Project Coordinator, said this is the first phase of the project with installation of 4500 KVA. He stated that another 500 KVA installation will be in the Kanifing Municipality and the Greater Banjul Area.

According to him, the project started in the West Coast Region because the region deserved it, noting that 70% to 80% of the first phase will be installed in the West Coast Region.

He also revealed that efforts are ongoing to secure more funds for the energy sector.

Also speaking at the ceremony was Ebrima Sanyang, deputy Managing Director of NAWEC, who revealed that a designed distribution of 108km is already completed with inclusive package of future street-lights.

“The contractors are local Gambian contractors. It is your responsibility to build the capacity of your people, as well as to preserve our resources,” Sanyang said, while calling on the public to cooperate with NAWEC.

He implored the contractors to respect and recognize the local people, stressing that the assets are for everybody’s benefit and thus “we need to show regard.”

The Governor of West Coast Region, Lamin Sanneh, described the project as timely, noting that NAWEC has now taken a national dimension in giving support. He urged the contractors to know the Gambian situation, and cherish the country’s traditions and customs.

According to Governor Sanneh, any development has to go with an environmental impact, while assuring NAWEC of their continued support and readiness to cooperate with them.

Mama Nyang, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of energy described the ceremony as a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to provide adequate energy.

According to him, West Coast Region is the fastest growing area in the country and the need for provision of electricity for the region is paramount.

He thanked the government of Venezuela for providing the funds for the project, and expressed hope that the fruitful relationship between the two governments will go from strength to strength.

He appealed to the contractors to carry out the work within the specified framework.

Speaking on behalf of the local contractors, Hendry Ufori of Dabanani commended NAWEC for the trust bestowed on them, promising that they will implement the project in accordance with international standards.

Dembo Kelleng Bojang, Chief of Kombo Central and Demba Sanyang, the Paramount Chief both expressed gratitude to the Gambia government for the project.

Meanwhile, the beneficiaries of the first phase of the project are Brikama Darsilami, Jida 1 and 2, Brikama Ice Plant, Lamin Harr-Yallah, Lamin Sateh-ba, New Yundum, New Busumbala, New Banjulinding, Nemasu Layout, Sukuta 1 and 2, Sukuta Sanchaba, Brufut Newtowm, and Farato.