NAWEC – The Gambia is facing a shortage of water and electricity supply. What are the facts?
Gambia population struggles to live amid a shortage of electricity and water. Water and electricity shortage could be the Gambia’s worst nightmare in recent times. Ordinary people tend to think only around the problem, not about the geo-politics behind it.
The present-day scenario doesn’t seem to be an unexpected event (at least to some politicians inside and outside the Gambia). However, one cannot simply deny that the core reason for this issue is the mere mismanagement of the government.
I will try to provide the Gambian population with some fun and facts in this space. Not to mention, I would be very happy if you just think about the facts behind the fun.
How do they generate electricity for the Gambia?
The moment I asked you that question, I heard somebody screaming “generator“. Yeah, that’s how you generate electricity when there is a power cut.
All you need is a bigger generator to supply electricity to a few cities and villages.
Gambian government is kind enough to hire (not built) a giant (not really) ship that is equipped with a power generator to provide electricity to the Gambian cities.
The generator ship that supplies electricity to Gambian cities belongs to a Turkish company, I hope they have gas stations at the ocean.
In the north Bank of the River Gambia, Senelec, a Senegalese company is supplying settlements in the region.
I will dig deeper into the Senegalese geo-political manipulation and their worrying infiltration of the Gambian security and economic system in a later post…. So please check back.
Time for a story.
A lock seller announced an attractive discount for locks that comes with only 2 keys instead of three. Everyone went crazy with the discount and bought the lock for their houses. Later, all their house was robbed while the whole town was celebrating at a festival.
Here is what happened, the lock seller took one key from all the locksets and used them to rob everyone’s house. Those people saved a few Dalasis on discount and lost their life savings to a wicked merchant. Alright, what next?
What if Senegalese or Turkish don’t like a future Gambian government?
Instead of spending money on our own power plant, The government decided to sign deals with companies from foreign countries.
Foreigners get to control the power supply of Gambia, and they get paid for that.
They sell us electricity while gaining control over the Gambian electricity supply grid.
Are you all for real???
If the foreign power suppliers ever wanted to immediately cut the power source, the Gambian government will not be able to revive the electricity supply instantly.
Having said that, this is just like the story of the crooked lock seller.
NAWEC may cost more to refurbish and maintain, but that’s in our own hands which won’t let us down.
Foreign companies may offer “cheaper” electricity, but we don’t get to control our electricity supply. Turkish and Senegalese companies are arguably failing us, and they get paid by us to control our country’s power supply.
I pray to God that these foreigners don’t get annoyed with a future Gambian government.
Also, I have to include one more request in my prayer to keep the ocean-bound generator safe from sea storms, pirates and our enemies. If any of the said things happen, then our cities will sink in the darkness.
Hospitals, schools, banks, hotels, local businesses, manufacturing and communication industries will be crippled in a matter of days!
I can imagine a third country “weaponizing”our electricity grid to use it against us as a mechanism of control and influence.
Questions you need to ask your politicians:
What are the terms of agreements with these suppliers?
How could we quickly restore our power and water supply in case of any natural disaster, political/industrial fallouts or disagreements with these companies?
Who is policing their operation?
Do we have any strategic ecological and environmental frameworks or standards by which they must abide?
Instead of buying electricity at not so cheap rates, it is wise to negotiate with oil suppliers for cheaper fuel supply.
That way, we can generate and supply our own power, and we can stop worrying about being victim of geo-political ransom and blackmail!…
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