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Monday, November 30, 2020

‘Nawec has been damaged for 50 years’

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By Mafugi Ceesay

The managing director of National Water and Electricity Company, Alpha Robinson Tuesday informed the Public Enterprises Committee (PEC) of the National Assembly that as an institution, Nawec been damaged for over 50 years.
The institution has failed to present their activity and financial statements for 2017 and 2018 to the assembly as required.

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MD Robinson further explained that the challenges facing Nawec come in many ways.”We are challenged in terms of capacity, having the right people who can do the job as required in the right way and to do it when it is required,” he said, adding that Nawec has both institutional and governance problem.

Halifa Sallah, the chairman of the committee adjourned the session and reminded Nawec to go back and examine their challenges of the pending reports of 2017, 2018 and 2019.
For his part, Crispin Grey-Johnson, vice chairman of Nawec board of directors said they are new in the management and have inherited a lot of difficulties. He said the last time the board was invited by the PEC to a discussion, it was confirmed that there were huge backlogs which the new board is trying to address.

“We can assure you that we can come back within the next month with the activity report and financial report of 2017. The constraint we have in respect of 2018 is that the external auditors have other commitments which makes it hard for them to deliver to us this year. They have assured us that they will be able to do sure early 2020. So we crave your indulgence to give us more time for the 2018 activity and financial reports to be prepared and properly audited for submission to PEC.”

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