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||Posted - 01 Nov 2019 : 17:55:03
I wonder exactly what will the the NEW board find inside when they open the lid of Pandora's Box. ?
November 1, 2019
by Mafugi Ceesay
The managing director of National Water and Electricity Company, Alpha Robinson Tuesday informed the Public Enterprises Committee (PEC) of the National Assembly that as an institution, Nawec been damaged for over 50 years.
The institution has failed to present their activity and financial statements for 2017 and 2018 to the assembly as required.
MD Robinson further explained that the challenges facing Nawec come in many ways.”We are challenged in terms of capacity, having the right people who can do the job as required in the right way and to do it when it is required,” he said, adding that Nawec has both institutional and governance problem.
Halifa Sallah, the chairman of the committee adjourned the session and reminded Nawec to go back and examine their challenges of the pending reports of 2017, 2018 and 2019.
For his part, Crispin Grey-Johnson, vice chairman of Nawec board of directors said they are new in the management and have inherited a lot of difficulties. He said the last time the board was invited by the PEC to a discussion, it was confirmed that there were huge backlogs which the new board is trying to address.
“We can assure you that we can come back within the next month with the activity report and financial report of 2017. The constraint we have in respect of 2018 is that the external auditors have other commitments which makes it hard for them to deliver to us this year. They have assured us that they will be able to do sure early 2020. So we crave your indulgence to give us more time for the 2018 activity and financial reports to be prepared and properly audited for submission to PEC.”
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||Posted - 12 Feb 2022 : 12:50:36
NAWEC says its Bijilo Substation is overloaded
Feb 11, 2022, 11:25 AM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko
The Public Relations Officer at the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has said that the company’s substation in Bijilo is overloaded and could not keep it running for 24/7, forcing the country’s only energy supplier to create a substation in Jabang.
Pierre Sylva was speaking to the press during a site visit to the two NAWEC substations in the West Coast Region on Thursday.
“We get the media as our communicators to show and take them through the two sub stations to show them what is happening in Bijilo and Jabang because there have been some interventions that we have done to make sure we decongest these substations,” he said.
Benedict Jarju, manager, Quality, Standard Transmission and Distribution in Fajara, said the Bijilo Substation is one of the seventh hub supply points within the NAWEC network. “This is the central area that provides energy to the sub areas of NAWEC network. When energy is generated, it sends to the seven points and then distributed among the wider population.”
Mr. Jarju added that Bijilo has the capacity of 15 megawatts which is around the limit and that’s why a new substation in Jabang was built.
“And due to the overload, we shifted loads from Bijilo to Kotu Power Station. We have two transmission lines that are interconnected. If you can see from Kotu Power Station and Bijilo Substation, parts of Bijilo load have been transferred to Kotu Power Station. Even after doing this transfer, we still have power loads that we need to share because we are above the limits of the Bijilo Substation.”
Mr. Jarju explained that Bijilo has four fitters; one is dedicated to water, electricity, boreholes and the other for hotels along the Senegambia area. The third is for Tranquil and Brusubi.
||Posted - 11 Feb 2022 : 17:38:16
Politics have now got involved,BUT apart from talk talk and more Talk talk MALAGEN has provided some interesting Facts and Figures have a look at the under posted link.
||Posted - 09 Feb 2022 : 20:50:08
‘NAWEC lacks capacity to supply customers in GBA, WCR’
Feb 8, 2022, 12:20 PM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko
Residents in the Greater Banjul Area and West Coast Region have added their voice to inadequate water and electricity supply in the country, saying the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) lacks capacity to supply its existing customers in these areas with enough water and electricity.
The affected residents, who were speaking during a recent interview with The Point, lamented frequent power cuts and water shortage, something they believes, is even discouraging potential investors in the country.
Alhagie Bayo, is a resident of Kanifing South and for him the utility company challenges are due to lack of corresponding investment in transmission and distribution.
The government of The Gambia, he said, should encourage the energy companies from other countries to come and establish in the country so that NAWEC would have a competitors in the energy sector.
“The company is not having any competitors in the country that is why they are doing what they feel like, because we have even understand that the meter reading machine for water in Banjul is not working and as a result of that people are faced with challenges to pay their water bill,” he said.
Mariama Kujabi, a resident of Kololi acknowledged that the objective of the government is to provide electricity and water to the entire communities across the country, but the government is lacking from that perspective because some of the areas within the Greater Banjul Area will not have supply of electricity and water for some time.
A West Coast Region resident, Lamin Jadama, indicated that his region comprises large settlements, an area with high energy demand.
“The demand for electricity is very high and some areas are there without no electricity and potable drinking water. We are hearing the OMVG project from the government maybe if that project is finish the electricity problem will be a thing of the past in the country,” he said.
He thus called on the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Energy and NAWEC to act swiftly and address the energy shortage in the country.
“It is a fact that without stable electricity supply it will be difficult to bring investors to come and invest in the country.”
||Posted - 12 Nov 2021 : 12:05:37
First it was Electricity now its about Water, sorry my error ,the lack of it !
"Pierre Silva, the Public Relations Officer of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) couldn’t be reached for comments at the time of going to the press."
Acute water shortage hits Wellingara Bantaba
Nov 11, 2021
By: Momodou Jawo
The community of Wellingara Bantaba near Latrikunda in the Kombo North, West Coast Region, has been hit with acute water shortage as residents of the area travel about 200 meters to get water from boreholes. According to some, the water they get from the boreholes is not even fit for drinking.
They have expressed concern about what people in the community face with when it comes to accessing clean and potable drinking water. The community have on several occasions called for government’s intervention in addressing the water shortage in the area but to no avail.
The community further claimed that NAWEC installed a water tank in the area which was helping them with water at a time when the coronavirus cases were increasing in the country. However, they claimed that officials who were bringing water for that tank have stopped; citing that it was a contract and the contract had expired, so they are no longer bringing water to the area with a view to helping inhabitants of the area.
The tanks that were stationed by NAWEC during the height of the covid-19 pandemic were World Bank (WB) funded project aimed to opportune beneficiaries uninterrupted water supply that they can use to curb the COVID-19 pandemic
The alkalo of Wellingara, Saikou Ndure, during the President’s last Meet the People’s Tour was quoted as saying: “The lack of water in my community is among the top issues affecting inhabitants. Sometimes you have to wait for four hours or even more hours before one gets water.”
Pap Jeng, a welder in the area, who spoke to our reporter in an interview said: “Our biggest problem in the area is the lack of water. The tank that was installed around my workshop was helping us so much. However, it has now stopped and now we are not having water. This is really disturbing us so much. The place where we now get water for drinking is too far. You can have water from the boreholes and perform ablution. However, if you want to have water for drinking you have to go to the shop and buy water,” he said.
“We want the government to help us and address this issue, so that the entire community can have water. In fact, most of the compounds in the area have NAWEC taps, but unfortunately, water is not running out in those taps. I have 17 years in the area and since I came to the area, the issue of water shortage has always been an issue. Sometimes we have to go to the shop and buy water for drinking until at a time when you are closing from work. Again, what surprises us is that NAWEC officials sometimes bring bills to us even if we are not getting water.”
“The community of Wellingara Bantaba have been encountering acute water shortage for the past years. The water that we even get from the boreholes around the area is not nice. We only use that water for laundering and taking showers,” says Isatou Jawo.
“In fact, even yesterday we had to go and beg people for water. We have a tap in our compound, but for the past three years we have not had water.”
“We use 20 liters of gallons to fetch water from the compounds that have boreholes which are even very far from our community. Normally we do get this water during nights which is not safe for us and it’s not even good for our health considering the distance where we get this water. We are calling on the government, individuals, companies and philanthropists to come to our aid and help us.”
Jomma Sanneh, a woman in her 60s said: “I am an old woman now. All these days I am drinking water from the boreholes which is not nice. The government definitely needs to address the water shortage in the area.”
Assan Mbaye, a resident of the area, equally called for support, claiming that inhabitants of the area have faced acute water shortage for the past four to five years.
Pierre Silva, the Public Relations Officer of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) couldn’t be reached for comments at the time of going to the press.
||Posted - 25 Oct 2021 : 20:57:00
Isatou, be careful when you blow the candle out before we go to sleep,I really miss that electricity now
||Posted - 25 Oct 2021 : 15:23:54
NAWEC informs the general public that the migration to the new IMS system has been successful and customers are currently receiving services.
However, a few hitches and delays are being experienced in some of the cashoffices. All efforts are being made to address the upcoming issues and our esteem customers are assured that all will be resolved before the end of day today. We urge customers to avoid going to purchase cashpower unless absolutely necessary.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
||Posted - 23 Oct 2021 : 12:11:08
Was I correct in my last post or not ? Hmmmm
"Mr. Sawaneh said the old electrical meters will be gradually updated and they will be incorporated in to the new system as soon as they are done with updating them. He said the new system will not only ease their job, but will contribute to transparency and fair play to all their customers."
By Nelson Manneh on October 21, 2021
The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) limited has informed the press that their institution will suspend all commercial activities starting on Saturday 23rd October 2021 and resume business on Monday 25th October 2021.
The Senior Information and Communication Officer of NAWEC, Ebrima Sawneh, on Wednesday 20th October 2021 informed journalists that they want to change the company’s commercial system from its ordinary status to a new system called the Integrated Management System.
He said the new system will bring NAWEC’s services to the doorstep of their customers, especially when it comes to buying cash power and payment of bills.
“We are going to totally stop the old system and we will completely transfer all our commercial activities to the new system,” he said.
Sawaneh said the suspension of their commercial activities for the two days will not affect the flow of water and electricity.
||Posted - 22 Oct 2021 : 21:37:30
It Maybe that a repair is underway at last,or a price increase,which option would you place a bet on ?
October 21, 2021
By Tabora Bojang on October 21, 2021
The National Water and Electricity Company is set to launch its new billing system to promote “efficiency and transparency” in its service delivery throughout The Gambia.
The new IMS platform will go live by Monday October 25th to be preceded by a two-day shut down period starting this Saturday, during which cashpower and other vending services will be halted.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Nawec senior ICT manager Ebrima Sawaneh said the new billing system will decentralise Nawec’s overall service provision and avail services and opportunities to its customers that were previously available only at the Nawec headquarters.
He explained that the two-day shut down will only restrict cashpower purchases and not the availability of electricity.
“This will allow us to migrate the current data to the new system and therefore all vending will stop. Going forward, we will now move on decentralising our services to the various branches. Most of the activities that were only available at the headquarters will now be available at all nearest branches.”
“Going forward, they [third parties] will charge you for the sale of the token and the transaction fee will be provided on the receipt,” he added.
He further disclosed that Nawec is discussing with over 10 third parties interested in taking part in the vending, but he declined to give any names, saying there is a process that they are going through after which names will be published.
The senior ICT manager however stated that the new system will not apply to customers using meters with seven digits because they are “old metre models which the new system does not accept.”
“Those metres which are seven digits long will not be migrated into the new system. Those are the old metre models and Nawec has identified them and we have started the process of changing all of them,” Sawaneh explained.
Asked why these meters were not all changed before the introduction of the new system, he said: “Ideally, that is what Nawec wants to do. We want to make sure we change the meter before we will bring the system but it was delayed.”
“We are now automating our manual systems. Our transmission and distribution system and financial systems are now going to be integrated into the commercial system. Calls made to our 1669 call centre will be recorded into an incident management system and it will be tracked and followed and feedback will be provided. There will also be a business intelligence system that will track the demography of queries. This is to improve our overall productivity, efficiency and transparency.”
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