By Lamin Njie

President Adama Barrow said Saturday electricity is a major catalyst for development.

President Barrow on Saturday administered the laying of the foundation stone of an electricity structure in Soma, Lower River Region.

The Gambia River Basin Development Organisation, a sub-regional institution, has mobilised borrowed funds totalling 722 million dollars for an electricity project that will affect four Ecowas countries including The Gambia.

Other countries of the OMVG project are Senegal Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry.

Speaking at the event, President Barrow reviewing The Gambia’s electricity condition said the striking electricity demand and supply disparity in the country “is enough to highlight the significance of this project.”

“The disparity also reflects the justification for the strong emphasis in the national development plan 2018-2021 on attracting investments, improving access to electricity and enhancing household energy security for national development,” the president said.

According President Barrow, “as an essential link in the economic and social development chain, electricity is a major catalyst or driving force for national development.”

“Mindful of this, the OMVG has re-energise its activities to enhance and support the development of appropriate energy infrastructure in member countries,” the president added.