State House, Banjul, 5th July 2023: President Adama Barrow Wednesday received at the State House the OMVG Council of Ministers and the High Commission, who came to bring him up-to-date on the progress of work and the way forward for the OMVG.
The President highlighted the significance of the projects to citizens of the member states, saying he was happy with the progress made and encouraged the Ministerial Council and the High Commission to work harder as the people are eager to see the projects come to fruition. “Electricity is in high demand, and the population of our countries look forward to the completion of the project.” He noted.
While stating that the Heads of State have social contracts with the people and must deliver, President Barrow used the opportunity to commend the World Bank and other partners for supporting the Organisation to provide social projects for the people.
As the current Chairman of the OMVG, the President promised to work with his colleagues in preparation for the 11th Ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State of the OMVG. He tasked the High Commission and team to prepare their report towards the upcoming meeting.
Thus far, the projects in The Gambia and Senegal are 100% completed and Guinea and Guinea Bissau are above 90% complete. OMVG is working to provide electricity and water for irrigation for ninety thousand hectares of land. The Gambia will have fifty thousand, while Senegal will have forty thousand hectares of irrigated land. The goal is to fight poverty and hunger by encouraging youths in the member countries to engage in agriculture.
The Minister of Environment of The Gambia, Hon. Rohey John Manjang, led the delegation to the State House headed by the Guinea Bissau Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Dionisio Cabi.