I’m ready to lose my job: Agric minister

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The minister of Agriculture Omar A. Jallow has affirmed that he is ready to lose his job in order to safe his integrity in the country.

O.J. was speaking recently at a press conference convened at his office in Banjul.

He added; “I don’t look for ministerial position and I never thought that I would be a minister then because I was in prison for 22 years. I was ready to make an ultimate scarifies for my country, that’s why I stayed when everybody ran away. I’m ready to lose my job to get to the bottom of this case. I have a family and I think is enough to be going through this problem. There are so much of stress from my friends and family in both home and abroad. This is not right because I have been the most-open politician to the press and if such happens, I think they should consult me before any publication.”

It could be recalled that an online Gambian media earlier on carried a story that the Minister of Agriculture has allegedly sold expired fertilizer to one Senegalese businessman- Momodou Dibba.

At a recent press briefing convened at State House, Amie Sissoho, the Director of Press at State House did mentioned in a statement that the president has been informed about an expired fertilizer stock that has been allegedly sold by the Ministry of Agriculture.

She added that an investigation has been launched and the report has been submitted to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice, which the president is waiting for.

However, Minister Jallow has explained that the president should have informed him or talk to him about the matter.

The renowned politician from 1977 to 1981, served as a Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and MP for Serrekunda East. In 1981 to 1989 he became the Minister of Water Resources, Fisheries and Environment 1989 to 1994, the Minister of Agriculture and in 1998, consultant at FAO regional office in Ghana. In 1989 to 2001, he worked under the UN transitional Government in East Timor and in 2001 to date he became the leader of the PPP.

Author: Pa Modou Cham