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Ex NAWEC MD declines gov’t foreign service offer

Aug 19, 2020, 12:23 PM | Article By: Modou Cham

The former managing director of National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), Alpha Robinson, has declined the redeployment to foreign service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.

In a statement addressed to the Personal Management Office (PMO) dated 10 August 2020, Mr. Robinson thanked President Adama Barrow for giving him the opportunity to serve his country for one year nine days, as managing director of NAWEC.

“I came to The Gambia on 28th June 2019 to serve as Managing Director of NAWEC with effect from 1st July2019, driven solely by the desire to play a role in the irreversible transformation of NAWEC to continually improve its service delivery and contribute more effectively to the socio-economic development of The Gambia,” he writes, as he thanked the president for “the kind offer” to deploy him to the foreign service.

However, he added that after careful consideration and consultation with his family, he has come to the conclusion that a career in the foreign service would not avail him the opportunity to have the impact he desires for The Gambia and Africa.

He said that he would endeavour to continue to make his experience and knowledge available to the country in the best possible way.

“I handed over the office of the Managing Director to Mr. Nani Juwara as advised in your letter and have attached a copy of my hand-over notes, which a document was sent by email to Mr. Juwara and copied to the entire NAWEC Board of Directors and the Group Directors of the new NAWEC structure. I trust the handover notes will give you a sense of the reform path NAWEC embarked on under my leadership and some of my reflections on the pertinent challenges I believe the company needs to overcome in order to transition to a sustainable, efficient and effective company. It is my firm belief that NAWEC will only achieve its true potential as an engine for socio-economic growth if it is reformed to become fit for purpose.”

He finally wished the executive, the NAWEC Board of Directors and the management of NAWEC every success in transforming the company to achieve the vision elucidated in the company's strategy.

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