President Barrow Inaugurates 20MW Power Plant in Brikama
As part of activities marking The Gambia’s 56th Independence Anniversary, President Adama Barrow today inaugurated the new 20Mega Watts Power Plant Installed in Brikama, West Coast Region.
The more than $28 million project, jointly funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the Government of Gambia, aims to resolve power capacity gaps in the country and serves as a catalyst for achieving and sustaining a daily supply of electricity throughout the country.
President Barrow stressed in his statement that the power plant stems from his government's conviction that, by raising living standards and reducing poverty, electricity is a key driver of economic growth.
“The project stands out as another means of accelerating the country's key infrastructure investments to empower Gambian citizens through access to essential services, ” he observed.
Underscoring that his government remained committed to the NDP's targets, the President said that most of the blueprint's priorities were met and the energy roadmap for 2017 has been fulfilled. He added that the goal of 2025 for access to energy for every household in the country is achievable.
The Managing Director of Nawec, Nani Juwara stated that the power plant will significantly narrow the electricity demand and supply gap in the Greater Banjul Area. He added that the recent developments in the power sector will considerably reduce the cost of energy in the country.