Demba Chume, revenue protection manager at the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), has said that parastatals owe the company more than D400 million.
Mr. Chume made this revelation yesterday during a press briefing, shortly after a tour of the Kotu and Brikama power stations.
He said they are trying to reach an agreement with the parastatals concerned by writing to them, but if that fails, NAWEC would disconnect the institutions concerned and publish their names in newspapers.
Pierre Sylva, NAWEC public relations officer, said generator number 6 at Kotu is currently under maintenance, and generator number 7 at Kotu has been relocated to another power station that is why the intensity and frequency of power outage have increased in the Greater Banjul Area.
“At Brikama, generators number 3 and 4 are under maintenance, but we are working tirelessly to ensure that generator number 3 is operational before the end of the week to improve the electricity supply.
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“The other generators are expected to be back running before the end of the Ramadan. Even if all engines at Kotu and Brikama are up and running at the same time, the demand will still be more than the supply.”
Baba Fatajo, NAWEC managing director, said the company’s problem has been inherited over the years.