Saturday, February 4, 2023

Widespread Electricity, Water Shortages affecting consumers


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By Kebba Jeffang Consumers in the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) are now experiencing longerNawec Power Station periods of electricity outage and water shortage every day for the past week and are complaining about the negative effects it is having on businesses and households.Some areas do not have electricity and water from 7am to midnight daily. Anfaal Kassama, a resident of Bundung Borehole, said they are among the worst hit areas as there is no electricity during the whole day and water also does not come until after mid-night. “It is the water supply that concerns us most as we cannot stay without it for a whole day because we need to drink, eat and wash every time,” he said. The lack of electricity and water supply nowadays is also affecting small economic operators who depend on these utilities to support their businesses. Maimuna Faye, who sells ice block and cold water at the Latrikunda Sabiji market, explained how she is losing out in her business for this past week due to the long periods of daily electricity outage. She said it has been very difficult for her to realize income for fish money in order to provide lunch for her children. A grade 12 year student at Nusrat Senior Secondary School also complained about the lack of electricity during the night which affects his studies at home. Abdoulie Jammeh said he is a final year student who does a lot of reading at home in the night and that they do not have electricity in the evenings before he retires to bed. He said the ‘black out’ in the night is really affecting him in his academic work at home. Fatoumata Jallow, a young lady from Brufut, also confirmed the negative impact that this recent poor electricity supply has on them. She said sometimes they stay for more than 24 hours without electricity. A resident of Abuko also lamented the water shortage in their community which is causing discomfort to people and households. When this reporter visited the NAWEC head office at Kanifing to enquire about the cause of this widespread shortage of water and electricity outage, he was connected to Mr. Pierre Silva, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the company, through the land phone in the security room at the entrance. PRO Sylva said he was just coming from the GRTS and preparing for provincial tour.  “I have no time to make comments on any issue right now until I come back on Monday,” he said. Foroyaa will get back to him on Monday to enquire about the cause of the problem and when it will be addressed.]]>

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