By Our Chief National Correspondent Landing Badjie, Banjul
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When it was announced in local papers and the national radio sometime this year that electricity problem would now be a thing of the past thanks to the arrival of sets of generators into the country, many were swept off their feet in a glorious explosion of joy and contentment beyond words.A tempting statement to embrace but a hard one to believe nontheless, considering the records of the country’s power generating company, the worries of many businesses and other consumers were betterstill temporarily laid to rest that the never-ending power and water supply disruptions and rationing was finally dealt with head-on.

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“I have always strove to improve the electricity situation in the couuntry. I can assure you that with the arrival of this generators, electricity problem would be a thing of the past,” President Jammeh told an over-excited crowd of power-cut-wary Gambians that turned out to witness the commissioning of the new generators.

As if by coincidence or design, the electricity industry was stabilised but few months down the line, electricity shortages and rationing is as real today than ever before.
This week, many consumers are being confronted by power  cuts compounded by intermittent water shortages.

” This power cut is definitely taking a toll on my business. How can I continue in business if this state of affairs persist,’ groaned a businessman.
” We have to put our candles handy because we are not sure when power would be coming on or going off,”  a father of ten told our Banjul man in the street of Banjul.
Meanwhile, President Jammeh himself has,in an apparent outburst of despair, admitted that,in his effort to stabilise the electricity situation in the country, he did hired and fired people until he got nothing to fire. But interestingly, the president is himself the minister of energy. He’s not spared criticism when it comes to the lackluster performance of his line ministry.

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Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 (Archive on Monday, May 28, 2007)
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