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Gambia: NAWAC Disburses D87 Million Compensation to Jambur Kabilos

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The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) over the weekend disbursed D87 million dalasis as compensation to the people of Jambur, whose lands have been affected by the company’s solar project at a presentation held at the Governor’s Office in Brikama.

The occasion was graced by senior officials from NAWEC and some senior government officials

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Haddy Njie, project coordinator at NAWEC, hailed the inhabitants for their cooperation. She said the solar project was financed by the World Bank (WB), European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Union (EU) with the objective to dispatch variable renewable energy and improve the operational performance of NAWEC.

She revealed the solar plant will be constructed on 31 hectare piece of land traditionally owned by Santa Juba and Mansa Kunda kabilos of Jambur.

“Therefore as per the World Bank’s involuntary resettlement policy and the European Investment Bank’s environmental and social standard, a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) was developed to compensate those negatively affected by the project.”

She added that based on that the government of The Gambia has ensured the RAP is implemented to fairly compensate all persons affected by the project.

Lamin Sanneh, governor, West Coast Region, hailed the project, saying government is prepared to adequately compensate people who have been affected by the project. He thus thanked the people of Jambur for their patience and also support.