Sep 16, 2020, 11:26 AM
The Gambia has registered 23 new coronavirus cases; taking the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the country to 3,428.
In an online validation, the minister stated that the availability of reliable, efficient, affordable, and environmental friendly electricity supply is one of the cornerstones of The Gambia government's development aspirations for the energy sector, as elaborated in their sector policies, strategies, and national development plans.
Minister Sanyang recognised that the electricity grid cannot reach every community in The Gambia in keeping up with the global energy transition towards decentralised renewable energy systems. According to him, his ministry is committed to promoting alternative electrification solutions as a necessary vehicle to provide access to those communities beyond the reach of the national grid.
"As part of our national strategy for universal electricity access, The Gambia government has set a target to connect one-third of the rural population through off-grid solutions by 2030, mainly through green mini-grids and standalone home system."
He continued that the target cannot be readily achieved without establishing the enabling policy environment to stimulate both public and private investment in off-grid electrification, and putting in place an effective regulatory framework and developing financial support including de-risking mechanism for the private sector.
He add that among the two major components of the project are the preparation of a GMG policy strategy, regulations, capacity development to promote GMG development in The Gambia; support GMG project development through feasibility studies at potential sites and implementation of a "roll-out plan" to attract prospective investors to the identified GMG opportunities."
Minister reiterated that all outputs and deliverables have been successfully completed in the first component, while in the second component, the feasibility studies and environmental social impact assessments for ten off-grid communities in the Upper River Region (URR) are to be finally completed.
Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters Minister James F.P. Gomez has debunked claims that certain fishing vessels entered the creeks of The Gambia and were engaged in indiscriminate fishing.
The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has said that it has come to its attention that construction activities have been initiated by non-licenced operators across the Grater Banjul Area (GBA) and in the provinces.
Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul on the 20th July, 2020, ruled in the murder case involving Yankuba Touray that the witnesses of the accused cannot be heard by video link. This followed an application made by the defence counsel, Abdoulie Sissoho, to allow the witnesses of the accused namely, Mamie Minteh-Touray, Bakary Minteh and Mariama Minteh to testify by video link.