Barrow removes Dawda Fadera as Secretary General

Barrow removes Dawda Fadera as Secretary General

President Adama Barrow has removed Dawda Fadera from the post of Secretary General and Head of Civil Service and apparently deployed him to Foreign Service.

Fadera, a longtime senior civil service boss was the Permanent Secretary at the Personnel Management Office during the Jammeh Administration. President Barrow appointed him the Civil Service chief following Jammeh’s ouster last year.

Amie Bojang Sissoho, the State House Press Secretary confirmed on Monday that Mr. Fadera will become the country’s chief envoy to the United States.

“Mr. Dawda Fadera, Secretary General and Head of Civil Service has been re-deployed to the Foreign Service and appointed as Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to the United States,” said Sissoho.

The former Secretary General’s time at the chief presidential aide has been marred by some irregularities, including the so-called signing of an agreement with a Russian businessman to rebuild an empire. Gambian authorities had said Fadera’s signature and the seal of his office were forged.

Fadera was among senior government officials who were accused by former President Jammeh of corruption in an oil contract awarded to a Dubai-based company, March Petroleum.

The Barrow Justice Department dropped charges against them after establishing that the accusations were politically motivated and that the deal was not dubious.

Fadera’s relieve from the top civil service job was imminent after many officials said he was incompetent and unable to help build the kind of civil service workforce needed. He agreed to rescind a decision to appoint a Permanent Secretary after a minister, Omar Jallow said he would be unable to work with pick, Ousman Jammeh.

Fadera’s exist followed the removal and deployment of one of his closest colleagues, Isatou Auber Faal from Cabinet Secretary to at first Foreign Service and later to the Gambia National Petroleum Company.

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