The Permanent Secretary of the Gambia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources have been fired, a source confirmed Wednesday.
Momodou Njie, who is the head of the ministry was sent packing on Tuesday just a week after returning from a trip in Norway with the Minister of Trade Dr. Isatou Touray, and the Trade Permanent Secretary Naffie Bah.
“He was at regional electrification project meeting where they were promoting investments when he got the call informing him that he has been dismissed,” the source said.
Gambian authorities are yet to make an official statement, which is expected to be traditionally short of the reasons for Njie’s dismissal. Njie has been a career civil servant and is among a handful of permanent secretaries that have been fired this year.
President Adama Barrow is trying to overhaul the civil service and take more control since former President Yahya Jammeh’s ouster. He has dismissed permanent secretaries in his executive office that were working under Jammeh.
A former Permanent Secretary to Jammeh that was promoted to Cabinet Secretary, Isatou Auber Faal was this week stripped of her State House job and transferred to foreign service as Barrow enforces his reform agenda.