Gambians from all walks of life have decried the state-owned utility company, the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), for the erratic electricity supply and water shortage in the Greater Banjul Area.

The blackout and water crisis have affected residents and businesses alike leading to anger and outrage. It has reignited public debate on the country’s longstanding problems with electricity.

Makutu Manneh, said she was disappointed with the state of electricity in the country “because it has a negative impact on my work, my personal life and that of my family as well. My phone was off the whole day and I was not able to contact any one”.

Momodou Jarju, a college student, said: “the electricity situation in the country is frustrating. The constant on and off of electricity especially yesterday affected me a lot. I was supposed to work on my assignment but there was no electricity and as a result I could not do my assignment on time.”

Yankuba Jallow, said the situation is unfortunate for the Gambia.
“This problem could have been avoided if the right mechanisms are put in place. The importance of electricity cannot be overstated.”

Aliue Ngum, a teacher, called on the government to address the situation as many people depend on electricity to get on with their daily lives.

Bintou Drammeh, an ice seller, said her business has been put on hold due to the blackouts.

However NAWEC has not made any public statement about the blackouts and water shortages in the Greater Banjul Area.

The company’s spokesman could not be reached for comment after series of telephone calls.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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