Minister confirms appointment of gov’t spokesperson

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The minister of Information has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Ebrahim Sankareh as government’s spokesperson, saying; “as far as I am concern, Ebrahim Sankareh is the spokesperson of the government. I have his appointment letter with me right here and according to the letter, he is appointed as spokesperson effective June 5, 2018.”

Last week, the state broadcaster has announced the appointment of a government spokesman. The Point and The Standard both carried a similar story.  But we are now concerned by government’s denial of appointing this spokesperson through the director of press and public relations at the Office of the President days after the news was aired and printed for public consumption.

In the said news, there were quotations from a Constitutional provision that empowers the President to effect appointment.

We, as concerned Gambians and watchdogs of our national activities and engagement could not just fathom how the national broadcaster can made such announcement, quoting a section of the constitution that empowers the president without receiving the release from the presidency. We want the government to tell Gambians clearly whether it has really appointed a new spokesperson and decide to rescind or what?

Our honest and candid advice to President Barrow is that he must stand stronger and always be ready to defend whatever appointment he makes. He also has to be up-to-date on government’s daily activities and appointments; that the entire Gambians are looking up to him with anxiousness to rebuild the nation and that we do not want to see mistakes repeating that have been made in the past. It’s really disturbing for the director of press to inform us that there was no appointment about the new government’s spokesperson. It’s really confusing. But all we know is that Mr. Sankareh got his appointment letter and he accepted it.

Acting on the powers vested in him by the Gambian Constitution, H.E. Adama Barrow has appointed veteran Gambian journalist and publisher of the American-based online journal, The Gambia Echo newspaper, Ebrima G. Sankareh as government Spokesman with effect from 5th June, 2018, The Point write on Thursday.

The paper continued; in his capacity as spokesperson, Mr. Sankareh will be responsible for the implementation of public and media relation programmes for the government. Mr. Sankareh shall also be responsible for implementing government’s communication policies and strategies and shall in collaboration with other ministries ensure adequate coverage and exposure of the government and its policies to the people of The Gambia in line with the constitution and the aspiration of the National Development Plan.

Now, it’s left with the public to see what to settle down with.

“Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

George Bernard Shaw