EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A faulty cable in Senegal’s region of Kaolack had caused protracted disruption to power access in Gambia’s North Bank Region community of Barra and the satellite areas since Tuesday morning.
“Power from Senegal has been interrupted as a result of a problem with a cable at Kaolack. We apologise to our customers in the Barra community who are impacted. We expect service to be restored by the end of the day. Thank you for your understanding,” the country’s water and electricity power-house Nawec posted on its facebook page on Tuesday.
Public relations officer Pierre Sylva confirmed to Eye Africa later Tuesday afternoon that the technical problem has been fixed and electricity is in normal supply in Barra. He said only Barra area was affected by the disruption which, he said was quickly fixed by Senegalese engineers.
Gambia and Senegal governments signed a memorandum of understanding in 2017, leading to the fruition of a cross-border electricity initiative, strengthening energy cooperation between the two countries.
As part of the agreement, the entire North Bank Region is now receiving its power supply from Senegal, but Nawec’s spokesperson Sylva said the Tuesday disruption affected only Barrow area while the rest of the region was accessing electricity.