Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has nominated Dawda Fadera as his Secretary General and Head of Civil Service.
Fadera was the Permanent Secretary at the Personnel Management Office and served as the principal adviser to the office on Human resource and related matters.
Fadera was among senior government officials who were detained in July last year after former President Yahya Jammeh accused them of corruption in an oil contract awarded to a Dubai-based company, March Petroleum.
A long-serving civil servant, he directs and facilitates at both policy and operational levels the recruitment, placement, and capacity development, manpower budgeting, promotions, discipline, institutional development and reform programs of the civil service.
During his time in The Gambia’s government, he served as Board Chair of National Records Services and Management Development Institute and was the contact person for the Commonwealth Fund for Technical cooperation (CFTC) on interventions in the public sector.
Barrow’s cabinet is taking shape although he is keeping a tight lid over his cabinet picks. Although there is controversy over his vice presidential pick, he has won public confidence with those he so far appointed to many of the cabinet positions already announced.