The country’s Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang brought up civil service reforms in the cabinet meeting chaired by President Adama Barrow at the defacto State House.
Tambajang presented a Civil Service Reform Program paper to cabinet members “highlighting, among other areas, capacity building for civil servants to enhance civil service values and principles through effective management systems,” the Press Secretary Amie Bojang said.
The Vice President’s proposal came just barely a month after former presidential advisor and Member of Parliament for Serrekunda, Halifa Sallah adduced that only a regime change was achieved.
It sparked a response from the presidency, accusing the parliamentarian of shying away from responsibility and choosing to be an outlier for suggesting that a system change has not been in the works.
Omar Jagne, a Gambian businessman in Dubai suggested to Mr. Barrow during his last week trip to an investment summit in the United Arab Emirates to ensure civil service changes in the Personnel Management Office and its hiring process.
Barrow has pledged that nepotism and bias will not flourish in his government. He campaigned on a promise to build strong institutions that will help stamp out corrupt practices in the country.
Tambjang is hoping that her civil service reform plan will eventually place government employees on a merit system and mark the end of the so-called recommendation system – by the winners of elections to their supporters and family members.