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Published On: Fri, Nov 3rd, 2023

NAWEC-OIC Secretariat ink OIC grant water project deal worth about $22.5M

The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) on Thursday signed a 14-month grant water project with the OIC Secretariat worth about $22.5 Million for the implementation of the OIC water project which mainly focuses at the OIC Concentrated areas within the Greater Banjul Area.

The project is been funded through the OIC Secretariat with the support of the Gambia government. The signing ceremony was held at the NAWEC headquarters’ conference room which was attended by consultant, contractors, OIC officials and NAWEC.

The signing came following the contract negotiations and successful approval of the contract documents by the Saudi Fund for Development

The contract implementation is set to immediately commence on the Detail Engineering Design of all components, the Drilling of 13 Water Production and 3 Observatory Boreholes in the Kombo South settlements of Sanyang, Falla and Tujereng.

The Fund was being granted for signature of the Works Contract (Ph2) and comprises the components of construction of Water Treatment plant with all requirements such as stand by generator for continuous operations, Water treatment facility, Ground Water Reservoir, Equip with all maintenance and operational requirements, Pump House Control Room for operators and station Manager.


The components include security room, workshop building, chlorination building, supervisor’s building, construction of a medium voltage Power line (11KV) for the operation of the boreholes and the water treatment plant, installation of a Scada System for the remote control of the system,  construction of raw transmission lines from the Boreholes to the treatment plant.


It further include the construction and laying of clear water transmission lines from the treatment plant to the demand centers and Elevated tank sites in Bijilo, Salaji and Sanyang, construction of elevated water tanks, Expansion and Rehabilitation of the Water Distribution Network in GBA.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Nani Juwara, NAWEC managing director said that as part of the infrastructural development for the preparation for hosting the OIC conference later this year, the OIC secretariat has identified the water sector as a critical component that requires attention.

He said the project will help to alleviate the suffering of the people, adding that the demand on water is high, saying that so many communities are going for days, weeks or months without water. He said the implementation of the project will help the constraints currently faced. He thanked the OIC Secretariat, the Saudi Fund, the Ministry of Energy and the Gambia government for their support.

Yankuba Dibba, the Chief Executive Officer of the OIC Secretariat said the Secretariat has arranged funding for five strategic projects which he said this signing was the last project that is been started.  

He implored all stakeholders to ensure timely delivery with a job quality that the project deserves, adding that Gambians are yawning for clean and adequate water.  


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