By Lamin Njie
US music entrepreneur Akon has said that President Adama Barrow is in a better position to make better decisions.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Fatu Network in Dakar, Senegal Akon said The Gambia was ‘in a very sticky place when we first came but Barrow is in a better position now to make some better decisions.’
Akon was speaking in reference to his lighting project, the Akon Lighting Africa initiative, launched in 2014 and aimed at electrifying rural areas in Africa using solar energy.
The popular musician-businessman was in The Gambia in 2017 to launch a public lighting system in Sareh Pateh village as part of the initiative.
He said of the project: “It’s all in development as we speak so I got to give you more information very soon. We’ve been very busy you know Africa is a big continent so we’re just trying to fulfill all the obligations but we’ll be coming, bringing back around to The Gambia. We’re doing some feasibility study for some projects we’re doing there.”
According to Akon, anything you do in the developing country, “you got to involve the government if you want things to move fast but you know obviously.”
“[The] Gambia was in a very sticky place when we first came but Barrow is in a better position now to make some better decisions. So we are going to double back and make some difference. The potential there is amazing and The Gambia needs it, for sure,” he said.