May 5, 2009, 7:03 AM
The National Water and Electricity Company Staff Association (NASA) recently inaugurated a D226,000 water project at Lamin Harr Yalla, in Kombo north, West Coast Region.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony held at the weekend, Mr Bakary Badjie, president of the association, told the villagers that the D226,000 project was funded by his association with support from NAWEC’s management.
The association is committed to bringing a free flow of both water and electricity to the doorstep of every one to complement government’s effort, Mr Badjie said.
He also promised the villagers that NASA would continue to supply them with clean and safe drinking water.
Badjie added that they would continue to collaborate with both local government authorities and the communities to sponsor similar projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Ebrima Sanyang, managing director of NAWEC, says water is life since people cannot live without it.
“The project consists of four stand pipes,” he said, adding that if any of the inhabitant wants a connection, they would pay “nothing excepting buying a metre”.
He also advised the villagers to use the water wisely and protect it from beingdamaged.
For his part, Hon. Jatto Sillah, minister of Forestry and the Environment, also highlighted the significance of water to human beings.
Minister Sillah urged the villagers to protect and safeguard the stand pipe, and pledged that every street in The Gambia “will have electricity and running water”.