Power, water cuts hit suburbs outside Gambia’s capital

Power, water cuts hit suburbs outside Gambia’s capital

Cities and towns outside The Gambia’s capital are going for long hours without electricity and water, the second of such supply shortages since the coming of the new government.

Business owners and residents have lodged complaints with regulatory authorities, while many others have taken to social media expressing dismay.

Gambians are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of consistent power and water supply.

The state-owned Nawec is the only electricity and water supplier in the impoverished nation.

Gambia signed an agreement with Senegal to supply at least 30 megawatts of electricity to the country. The agreement was opposed by some nationalists.

The supply has not started yet and a major power station in northern Senegal, which was likely to be used to supply The Gambia had a fire outbreak destroying some of its equipment.

The Senegalese power station lost the capacity to generate at least 40 megawatts of electricity, more than what was needed to supply The Gambia.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has pledged to reduce intermittent power cuts by December and have power and water supply stabilized in two years.

Nawec officials admit the current power and water supply crisis facing the country is unfortunate. It’s Managing Director Baba Fatajo said machines are old but has vowed to stabilize supply and provide satisfactory services.

In May, a rupture in the main pipeline in Brikama caused sand to find its way into the water system and to homes. It took days to fix.

Nawec is owed billions in dalasis by government agencies and businesses owned by former President Yahya Jammeh and his associates. They have still not paid their debt.

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