The Gambia’s government has released its D28 million contribution to its flagship Programme for Accelerated Community Development Rural Electrification Project for 2022, which was made in Banjul on November 30.
PACD will be able to electrify seven more North Bank Region villages thanks to the funding, including Medina Serigne Mass, Berending, Ndungu Kebbeh, Buniadou, Albreda, and Kuntaya.
Power inclusion in The Gambia is assessed at 35% of the metropolitan populace and 6 percent of the country populace.As of 2019, only 10% of the villages in the North Bank Region have access to electricity.”We will be able to increase our contribution to The Gambia’s sustainable development path by expanding electricity in the rural areas.Alieu Loum, National Coordinator of the Programme for Accelerated Development (PACD) and Director General of the Department for Strategic Policy & Delivery in the Ministry of Public Service, Office of The President, stated, “We will better meet the targets in the country’s electricity roadmap together with partners.”
Ten (10) North Bank Region communities in the Lower Nuimi, Upper Nuimi, and Jokadu districts have received electricity through the PACD’s electricity component.In addition, 96 small and medium-sized businesses and 32 public utilities have benefited.
Since the beginning of the PACD project in 2021, 69 additional electrical poles have been installed in the North Bank Region.The North Bank Region had electricity for 478 households and 3,824 people as of September 2022.
The provision of electricity to the seven identified communities in the North Bank Region will aid in the reduction of poverty in the nation by bridging the gap in the distribution of electricity, increasing the population’s economic opportunities, and enhancing their social well-being.Aissata De, the UNDP Resident Representative for The Gambia, stated, “There is urgent need to scale-up in dynamic, innovative partnerships for The Gambia’s development” in order to “accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.”
The Programme for Accelerated Community Development (PACD) takes steps that go beyond merely providing temporary solutions.PACD will make a significant contribution to the significant improvement of the living conditions of people in the rural areas by bridging the gap between the urban and rural areas by enhancing sustainable access to basic socio-economic infrastructure and services, which will support more sustainable development in The Gambia.