President Adama Barrow has called for the restructuring of the Gambia’s security forces to include better incentives for the men and women of the civil service that are one of the most underpaid.
The low wages and nearly non-existent incentive for the men and women in uniform has plagued the security service with corruption and drug peddling.
President Barrow, who is rolling out a military reform program hopes that better incentives and the reforms will create “a disciplined and professional force.”
Gambia’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh warned soldiers against the use of illegal drugs and trafficking or committing human rights abuses.
The country is facing serious security challenges and West African forces have been deployed to maintain the peace after longtime ruler, Yahya Jammeh’s ouster.
Gambia’s new government said the days of impunity are over assuring citizens that “everyone will feel secure because there will be respect for the rule of law.”