By Omar Wally
The deputy managing director of Nawec, John Jatta, whose recent appointment replacing Nani Juwara generated a heated debate, has been speaking on his appointment and his position on the matter.
Responding to claims that his appointment was influenced and lobbied by one Fatou Ceesay, Gambia’s ambassador-at-large, Jatta said such a thinking is false and does not even make sense adding that his appointment came like that of any other person the country feels can help in any area.
“I only met Fatou Ceesay while on an official mission in Dubai in search of solutions to our energy challenges such as the independent power producer (IPP) but my appointment has nothing to do with her. My appointment was not lobbied for by anyone and certainly not Fatou Cessay,” Jatta refuted.
John added that people will make claims on anything that comes to their mind but it is a different thing to have facts.
On the power situation, Jatta said 2017 was a tough year for the New Gambia in terms of energy. “We could have avoided what befell us during those few months in making the right decisions at the right time. Ghana and Senegal had been through the same challenges. But we can make it in 2018 if we choose reforms in all departments in Nawec, most especially power generation, audit, human resource and commerce. All these areas need reforms,” he said.