President Barrow appoints four new ministers

President Barrow appoints four new ministers

He is facing controversy over one appoint but Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has named four new senior officials of his administration.

The West African nation’s new leader named Claudelia Cole as Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Demba Jawo as Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Bai Lamin Jobe as Minister of Works and Infrastructure, and Badara Joof as Minister of High Education and Research.

The four new cabinet picks have been cleared by an oversight committee commissioned by President Barrow to vet his nominees.

Barrow and his aides put a tight lid on the names of potential cabinet picks as the president continues to face backlash over the nomination of Fatoumata Tambajang as his vice president.

The announcement of four ministerial appointments leaves Barrow with three more appointments to fill his cabinet, which he says would have 18 members.

He is also seeking to establish a new ministry for planning and governance.

Barrow has also selected Special Assistants and Senior Advisers who do not need vetting, including special advisers for national security, governance, religious and traditional affairs and for investment.

Who Barrow chooses to surround himself with greatly affects what his administration will accomplish. The appointment of ministers and aides is only a slice of the hundreds more he has to do for those who oversee the day-to-day operations at the agencies that make up the executive branch of government.

(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting by Lamin K. Saidy; Additional Reporting and Editing by Sainey Marenah)

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