The Managing Director of Gambia’s National Water and Electricity Company Alpha Robinson has been accused of being influenced and manipulated by corrupt interest groups at the detriment of the company. Robinson has also been accused of awarding quotations to his friend Eddie Jobe without following due process as dictated by the Public Procurement Authority Act (GPPA). The allegations were made by Matarr Saye, a Gambian businessman and a longtime lubricant oil supplier to NAWEC. This followed NAWEC’s move to allow Eddie Jobe, a Gambian businessman to have what Saye called a sole authority of supplying lubricant oil to the company. Saye doesn’t know where Jobe had secured such an authority, but he is of the view that MD Robinson has failed when it comes doing his job.
Matarr Saye’s Equa Energy used to be the main supplier of lubricant oil to NAWEC over the years. Saye says he has won numerous quotations that were issued during NAWEC’s previous management and the present-day management of Alpha Robinson. His company had been supplying lubricant oil to NAWEC for over twenty years. He had won quotations in which he competed with Eddie’s company.
Saye, and Robinson are old friends. They were schoolmates back in 1983. They were both sent to study in China during the former PPP regime.
Edrissa Jobe, AKA Eddie Jobe is also Alpha’s friend. Jobe, Saye, and Robinson were former schoolmates at the Muslim High School.
According to Saye, Robinson has decided to allow his friend Eddie Jobe to have the sole authority to supply lubricant oil to NAWEC, even though his move was in violation of the Public Procurement Act (GPPA). That Act requires parastatals like NAWEC to invite bidders for lubricant oil quotation including other contractual agreements.
“Alpha is not in compliant with the GPPA Act. He is being manipulated by some people. He is not doing the right thing. The reason why I was advising him, was that I do not want him to face a Commission of inquiry one day,” Saye said.
Saye has denied ever threatening Mr. Robinson. He says the Whatsapp audio he recently sent to Robinson was a mere “vibe.”
“He has decided to share that audio, but he refused to share the second audio I sent him. In my second audio, I advised him to be mindful of folks, who are using him for their own business interest. I also advised him to consult and work the NAWEC staff. I gave him good advice in that audio, but he wouldn’t share it with the public,” he said.
Saye exposes what he called Robinson’s lack of transparency, and his refusal to allow his Procurement officer to do his job, which he says had led to the NAWEC Procurement officer to resign from his job.
Saye also said NAWEC under Robinson, had decided to outsource its heavy oil supply. The Castle company in The Gambia, used to supply NAWEC with heavy oil, but the contract has been taken away from the company. Now, a Senegalese oil company called Star oil is supplying heavy oil to NAWEC, he said.
According to Saye, Castle’s prices were cheaper compared to the Star oil company.
Mr. Robinson couldn’t be reached for comment.
Below is a letter Matarr Saye sent to Alpha Robinson in December of 2019.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai
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