Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow poses for a photo after an exclusive interview with Reuters in Banjul, Gambia, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Gambia: Six ministers, senior officials sworn-in

Six ministers and a handful of senior government officials were sworn-in bringing President Adama Barrow’s cabinet to a near full.

“I urge you to work hard as professionals to support the political agenda of my administration for us to achieve our goal. I want us to leave a legacy of institutions, laws and procedures that will enhance our democracy, social, economic and political development for our people”

Fatoumata Tambajang was sworn-in as Minister for Women’s Affairs; Alieu Joof as Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology; Claudiana A Cole as Minister for Basic and Secondary Education; Saffie Lowe Ceesay as Minister for Health and Social Welfare; Demba A. Jawo as Minister for Information and Communication Infrastructure and Bai Lamin Jobe as Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, and Dawda Fadera as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service.

Pateh Jah was sworn-in as the Permanent Secretary for Personnel Management Office; Muhammed Lamin Jaiteh as Permanent Secretary for Office of the President; Ebrima Ceesay as Permanent Secretary for Office of the President; and Isatou Auber-Faal as Secretary to the Cabinet takes the oath.

Barrow’s cabinet is balanced between politicians and technocrats. It took Africa’s newest ruler nearly two months of announcing his cabinet after controversy surrounded his veep pick.

He is yet to announce a new vice president. An attempt to amend the constitution went wrong. The Attorney General, Aboubacarr Baa Tambadou said proper procedure was not followed.

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