(JollofNews)- Dear Sir,
As stated on your mission statement “To ensure the safe, effective and efficient provision of affordable nationwide electricity, water and sewerage services to satisfy consumer requirements, generate reasonable rates of return on investments and contribute to the socio-economic development of The Gambia”.
It is in that regards I write to your high office to register my total dissatisfaction beyond the red sea as per the recent inadequate supply of water and electricity to the citizens. Please be informed that you and your staff are violating our right to happiness. As citizens, it is our constitutional right to have uninterrupted water and electricity supply.
I also want to use this opportunity to draw to your kind attention to the frequent breakdowns of electricity in our locality and the great inconvenience it causes to the residents. It appears, however, your institution is not doing anything to help remedy the situation, and there are failures of electricity several times in a day. Sometimes, the current is switched off for several hours in a stretch.
The low voltage and frequent tripping of electricity in some areas has become almost a daily routine. During the three hour daily cut, no one expects the supply of electricity. But the unannounced frequent breakdown of electricity is simply nightmarish. At night, one is left half through the meals at the dining table. During the day, there is no rest, no comfort, and no protection from the hot weather.
Besides this, low voltage of electricity has damaged electric lamps, tubes and other electric appliances. Fans do not give proper air owing to low voltage. Many times complaints have been lodged with your office but no permanent solution to this menace has been found. It is a pity that even when there is supply of electricity in other localities, our locality remains dark.
Whether it is day or night, I have experienced inconvenienced due to the blackouts. From my casual observations, these blackouts occur even during good weather conditions. Whether it is sunny or rainy, blackouts do happen; much to our shocking dismay.
The patients who are getting their treatment in different hospitals also face many difficulties. Their operations are not happening on time. This increases their diseases. The fans of the hospital are not moving. So patients feel great pain in their body.
The events of theft are increasing in The Gambia. The thieves get chances of stealing in the darkness of night created because of the breakdown of electricity by your company. So there is a kind of fear among people in The Gambia.
Many businesses are compelled stop their working for want of electric power and, therefore suffer a great loss of business. Students suffer heavily and cannot study. But, this irregularity in electric supply is causing obstacles in their preparation. Sir, you also know, this year is extremely hot so the old people facing it very difficult to tackle the problem. The problems of current supply also lead to some other illegal activities too.
I request you, therefore, to see that the power plant at the place is thoroughly checked so that there is no chance of the failure of power supply in future.
To overcome the disruptions, I would like to suggest periodical and regular maintenance works. These works should be carried by a team of trained certified and experienced electricians.
Second, should any maintenance or repair works be carried out, please carry them after notices have been given. You are doing everyone a favour if you carry out proper maintenance works to ensure constant electricity supply.
Thirdly, since the Gambia is hot it will be better to change from the use of generators that are polluting our environment to solar energy. Let’s make best use of nature since it is cheap to cut the unnecessary cost.
Saidina Alieu Jarjou