(JollofNews) – The Government of the Gambia is negotiating a deal to source electricity supply from neighbouring Senegal, the country’s Interior minister has announced.

Mai Ahmad Fatty said under the deal which is at an advanced stage, Senegal’s national electricity company, Senelec will power up Gambian communities that are currently experiencing erratic water and power supply.

According to Agence Press Africaine (APA), Gambia’s national electric and water company, Nawec, has been struggling with old generators and a lack of financial resources, due in part to millions of Dalasi in arrears of payments for services supplied, owed by consumers including public enterprises.

The company was established in June 1996 to generate and provide electricity, water and sewerage services for domestic, public and industrial purposes.

It succeeded the Gambia Utilities Corporation (GUC), which was established in 1972 and the Utilities Holding Corporation (UHC), which was established in 1992.