Gambia’s presidency has asked for all cabinet members to declare their asset before mid-July in an apparent show of transparency and accountability.
It was one of President Adama Barrow’s major campaign promises that got seven opposition parties uniting behind him to win the elections.
“To promote good governance and transparency, all ministers have been asked to declare their assets by the 15th of July,” said Press Secretary, Amie Bojang Sisohore.
It will be the first in this West African nation, mainland Africa’s smallest for senior government officials to declare their assets.
An official said the declarations will be made public in the spirit of accountability and transparency.
Pro-democracy campaigners have welcomed the directives and say it will help curb corruption and ensure accountability in the tiny state.
Although President Barrow administration is facing many challenges, addressing corruption has been top on its agenda, following allegations of financial mismanagement by his predecessor.