By Baba Sillah
The managing director of Nawec Baba Fatajo has claimed that the Independent Power Producer contract was a disaster, which has left the company highly indebted.
Testifying before the Janneh Commission for the second time on matters relating to Nawec and other issues, MD Fatajo recommended that in order to maintain IPP, the company needs to generate revenue that would support and maintain it.
Fatajo also talked about $22 million Venezuelan loan as a mean to boost the energy system in the country particularly in the Greater Banjul Area.
According to him, at a certain point it was difficult for them to operate and maintain the generators supplied and as a result, the company was highly indebted to Global Trading Group.
“GTG has been dealing with the office of the president and it is always difficult to know and ascertain the relationship between the office of the president and Mr Bazzi, the CEO of GTG,” Fatajo said.
According to him, he came in contact with GTG when the IPP was being installed at the Brikama power plant, noting that there was power outage which warranted Abdou Jobe and Tijan Bahum to be whisked away by the NIA to Mile II.
He said Bazzi invited the senior management of Nawec for a meeting in his office at Standard Chartered House where he told them that he (Bazzi) had no hand in the power outage and advised them to be patriotic, saying that anyone found wanting would face the consequence.