A principal Energy officer at the Ministry of Energy has underscored the importance of sustainable energy planning, noting that such has the potential to improve socio-economic development.
Presenting a document on energy policy and renewable energy potential market at the training during a one-day sustainable energy planning training organised by the Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE), at The Gambia College in Brikama, Modou Manneh further underscored that efficient and sustainable energy supply system will always improve the livelihood of the people both socially and economically. Manneh told the gathering that the training is inline with his Ministry's policy of promoting sustainable energy. He noted that the training will improve and efficiently expand the existing energy supply systems through private-public sector partnership. He further remarked that the training will strengthen institutional and human resource capacities in enhancing research and development in energy efficiency.
Manneh also said that since the training is inline with the implementation of the Clean Energy for Africa Project in The Gambia (CLENA), the target is to train YVE members and partners for a better understanding of energy issues and the policies surrounding the sector. The YVE programme planner, Baboucarr A. Baldeh, said the energy system of West Africa is challenged by the interrelated issues of energy access, energy security and climate change mitigation and adaption. He further stated that principal among the energy challenges are the widespread and unsustainable utilisation of limited wood resources for fuel wood and charcoal, amongst others.
A senior electricity engineer at the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), Moses G. Campbell, and the regional forestry officer for West Coast Region, Ousman Cham, in their presentations, urged the participants to be proactive in the promotion of energy sustainability and the protection of the country's forest cover.