The President of The Gambia Adama Barrow officially commissioned the OMVG hydro power connection energy substation in the provincial town of Soma alongside Senegalese President Macky Sall and Bissau Guinean Leader Umaro Sissoco Embalo

The OMVG Sub-Station in Jarra Soma

The OMVG Hydroelectric sub-station is expected to increase electricity access by 60 percent complementing the Gambia’s current power supply distribution which stands at 40 percent.

The energy grid will connect countries in the sub-region such as The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.

The Gambian leader Adama Barrow said the hydroelectric facility will significantly address erratic electricity supply in the country and enhance trade among member countries in the subregion.

The newly commissioned station is targeted to increase electricity generation capacity from 102 to 250 Mega Watts.

President Barrow disclosed that, the newly inaugurated project has already strengthened regional integration as manifested in the joint scheme, saying it is a manifestation of the south-south corporation philosophy.

The OMVG project has been hailed for its environmentally-friendly nature and represents what the government calls a significant shift in its electricity production drive towards renewable energy.

Barrow maintained that the OMVG project will boost bilateral and multilateral cooperations with countries in the sub-region.

In 2019, the OMVG was negotiated by member countries through their electricity companies who put heads together to trigger the idea which resulted in the outcome of this inauguration.

The project, he added is an accomplished reality, thanking the World Bank, OMVG member countries and other partners for their tremendous support in the realisation of the project.

Barrow re-emphasised his government’s readiness in introducing urgent measures to expediently fill the gap between energy demand and supply.

The commissioning of the Soma Substation is a landmark pushing member countries and their citizenry to greater hopes of ending decades of erratic power supply.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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