2 permanent secretaries at Agric Ministry charged over fertilizer scandal

Friday, May 10, 2019

Police have charged two former permanent secretaries and one official at the Ministry of Agriculture in connection with a fertilizer scandal at Agric Ministry about a year ago, Kerr Fatou Online News reports.

Former permanent secretary, Sait Drammeh and current permanent secretary, Hassan Jallow and Ismaila Bojang are both charged with neglect of official duty and conspiracy to commit misdemeanor, the police spokesperson Lamin Njie told Kerr Fatou.

A source from the agriculture ministry informed Kerr Fatou that Bojang is a procurement officer at the Project Coordination Unit of the ministry.

The charges against the officials were recommended by the office of the attorney general, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou told journalists on Tuesday.

The arrest and charges are in connection with the selling of an obsolete fertilizer in state custody, according to Kerr Fatou.

Thousands of bags of obsolete fertilizer in the custody of Gambia Government were contracted to one Modou Dibba to reportedly disposed off them but he allegedly went to sell them to various clients in and outside the country.

Dibba was contracted for the disposal by the Agriculture Ministry.