Interior Minister Habib Drammeh assumes new role as Secretary General

Interior Minister Habib Drammeh assumes new role as Secretary General

Gambia’s less than a year-old president, Adama Barrow has appointed barely two-month-long Minister of State Security, Habib Drammeh as his Chief aide in a minor cabinet reshuffle.

Habib Drammeh, a logistic specialist became the security minister following the ouster of the Barrow’s trusted ex-senior advisor and political ally, Mai Ahmad Fatty.

Drammeh replaces Dawda Fadera, a long-serving civil servant that served as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service since Barrow came to power in January last year.

Mr. Drammeh has a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Strategy and industrial policy from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands.

He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Science in Education and Geography from the University of Nigeria.

Many criticized Barrow’s appointment of Drammeh to head the security service last month because Drammeh has no security or law background.

They are sure to applaud his appointment as Mr. Barrow’s Chief of Staff and the civil service boss having decades of experience in human resources, strategic and tourism management, marketing and business administration.

Drammeh’s predecessor has been considered to be incompetent after major discrepancies in the civil service arose. President Barrow is attempting to reorganize the civil service with hopes to make it more efficient and productive.

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