The managing director of NAWEC, Baba Fatajo is facing a fresh round of calls from Gambians for his resignation amid revelations that have called into question his company’s power purchase agreement (PPA) with Senegal.
His former deputy, John Jatta claimed the PPA deal was rushed and if it is not revisited it will plunge the country into chaos.
“You cannot surrender your whole energy sector to outsiders. What happens if the relationship suddenly turns sour? They can just wake up one day and switch off everything. What are you going to do? I made this clear to them,” he said during an interview with an online media outlet.
Jatta disclosed that he vehemently opposed the agreement. According to him, President Adama Barrow knew it was a bad deal.
The UK-trained engineer made a lot of explosive revelations that prompted many to call for Fatajo’s resignation.
One Modou Jallow wrote on Facebook: “What is happening at NAWEC is a true and actual deliberate crisis by folks who see the institution as interest base only for their selfish interest and their fabulously wealthy buddies. They continue to put the country in a needless situation, which it is incapable and unable to handle.”
He added: “How come Fatajo told the President that the deal will cost us 10 cents per MW instead of (13.5 cents plus hidden fees ) he hurriedly signed, after hearing it on a gala dinner without doing research?
Momodou Ndow in the USA also commented: “Conflict of interest is wrecking The Gambia at every level. MD Fatajo, start packing and don’t even try to cause another impasse like Goloh did, the ECOMIG troops are still there and they will use their mandate on you. Nga hamsi lolu nak!”
Another Facebook user, Abdou Jallow wrote: “NAWEC is a swamp and with John Jatta’s revelations, the unscrupulous creatures within must be drain forthwith.”
#OccupyWestfield, a group of young people that once attempted to organise a mass protest against NAWEC, has also called for Fatajo’s resignation.
“Following the ever-declining state of electricity and water supply and corruption allegations, it has become morally imperative that Nawec’s management and board tender their resignation as soon as possible.
“We call on them to resigned or we are taking to the streets soon enough. There will be no negotiations, compromises or delay this time.”