By Landing Ceesay
President-elect Adama Barrow has disclosed that his government has received $50 million for industrialization of the fishing sector.
He made the disclosure to journalists at his maiden press conference after being declared winner in Saturday’s polls.
“This is part of my campaign promises. We have already gotten funding from our partners, this is about 50 million USD. This is all for fishing in this country. We want to industrialise our fishing sector, In doing so, we want to train our young people so that when they are trained… they can be involved in fishing and in that it will create jobs and it will grow our economy,” President Barrow said.
When asked his government’s plan to address water and electricity shortage in the country, President Barrow said once the OMVG energy project is completed, the water and electricity problem would be solved.
“Water is connected to electricity, if the electricity is stable the water will be stable. Because they are linked and the boreholes are connected to the electricity. But maybe before the end of December, Brikama and Jarra Soma substations will be connected to OMVG. By then, we would have gotten over 50 megawatts that is more than 60% of our demands. So we will have stable electricity 24 hours and it will address both water and electricity problems in the country,” he said.
The Press Conference took place on Tuesday at the State House in Banjul less than a week after Barrow won re-election by sweeping the polls on December 4th presidential election with 53% of the vote, despite numerous unfulfilled promises in his term.