Sowe, the director general of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) on Wednesday
presided over the official commissioning of a new office at Brikama, West Coast
Region. The new office complex, according to officials, could accommodate more
than ten offices, a conference hall, among other facilities.
However, the commissioning of this new office, which is the first to be entirely built by SIS, is expected to boost effective service delivery in a more spacious environment, as opposed to the limited office space operatives used to share.
“My objectives are for the country to have a sustainable national security that can cater for the citizen at present and in the future. We must take ownership of our national security that’s why our operatives are working 24hours in ensuring that the peace and stability that the country is enjoying is maintained.”
DG Sowe, thus acknowledged that the country is still going through a healing process, saying despite this, it still remains safe as manifested in the unprecedented number of tourist arrivals in the country.
“There is nothing that we cannot solve in the country if we all put our hands on the deck and engage each other. SIS is an intelligence service for The Gambian people that is day-in-day-out working for the interest of Gambian people. There is lot of process that is currently going on in the country ranging from the ongoing TRRC, CRC among others,” he said.
This development process, DG Sowe explained cannot happen in the absent of peace and stability.
On some of the achievements his institution has registered within a short space of time, SIS boss indicated that within eight months, his operatives were able to complete some magnificent projects. He said his men used to encounter numerous difficulties when it comes to office space, but that with this commissioning of this new office complex that has now become history.
The SIS, he explained, is totally reforming in all aspects and that the construction of an office complex is part of efforts towards complementing their ongoing National Security Belt Initiative. DG Sowe thus urged different securities units in the region to strengthen their coordination and corporation towards the maintenance of peace in the region. He made it clear that there is no competition among them.
He underscored the importance of the SIS office in WCR, citing its geographical location. “We hope and pray that we will also be able to replicate this kind of building very soon in Bwiam where we intend to open a new branch for Foni command because WCR is too big to cover the entire region.”
Also speaking, Bakary Sanyang, the governor of the region, hailed the SIS boss for his tremendous effort towards the maintenance of peace and stability in the country, reminding that national security remains a priority for the government.
“People should not use the new found democracy to create problem in the country,” he noted, adding that environmental issues and land problem remain a challenge for the region.
Deputy governor of the West Coast Region, Musa Susso delivered the vote of thanks.
At the ceremony, DG Sowe also presented mobile phones to district chiefs and regional security chiefs so as to boost communication among them and report all activities that are deemed threat to national security to the relevant securities.