Karpowership, a Turkish power-production company has reached out to the Gambian fishing community in Banjul and donated fishing nets, hooks, life jackets and floaters said to be worth $6000.
Yankuba Mamburay, project manager, Karpowership, said the donation is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility, and disclosed that the company has since donated bags of rice, sugar, Tobaski rams, supported NEA during international coastal clean-up day and rehabilitated the new-born baby unit of the children’s wing of the EFSTH.
“With our operations in The Gambia, the company will continue to engage in social responsibility projects that will help with the growth of the local people as well as providing educational tools. As a strategic partner, we are committed to The Gambia’s development and will continue to provide all Gambians sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity for many years to come,” he promised.
He said the company is of the view that the items will benefit the beneficiaries immensely, and would create quite an impact in the fishing industry.
“We urge the beneficiaries to put [the donated items] to best use and take the greatest care of them. I would want to thank the government of the Gambia and Nawec for granting us the opportunity to serve the Gambian people,” he noted.
He said Karpowership is currently operating 22 power ships with an installed capacity exceeding 3, 500 MW and another 5, 000 MW under construction or in the pipeline.
The company, he added, employs 2, 500 people globally and operates in Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and the Caribbean.
Mr Mamburay also rubbished the grapevine that Karpowership is currently having a breakdown, arguing that the current power shortage is due to ongoing maintenance at Nawec. “We want to make it clear that Karpowership is operational and there is no problem,” he said.
Abdoulie Ibra Bah who spoke on behalf of the fishing community of Banjul, thanked the donors for their benevolence and assured that the items will be put to good use.
“The gesture will not only benefit us but will also strengthen our partnership with the Karpowership,” he added.