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Former Agric PS testifies at Fertilizer Commission

Nov 18, 2011, 9:20 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Abdourahman Jobe, former Permanent Secretary No. 2 at the Ministry of Agriculture, yesterday testified at the fertilizer commission sitting at the high court premises in Banjul.

Jobe told the commission that he came to the Ministry of Agriculture in 2006.

He said by reading through the newspapers he saw that Dr Masanneh Ceesay told the commission that he (the witness) had instructed him to conduct a test on the fertilizer.

Jobe explained that during their tour they were made to understand that the fertilizer was ineffective, adding that he advised Dr Ceesay to conduct a test, but it was an oral instruction, which Dr Ceesay did.

He said at a meeting they had information that the test was conducted on the fertilizer, adding that he did not know the different types of fertilizer in the store.

He further adduced that Dr Ceesay told him that he continued to receiving information that the fertilizer was not good, stating that Dr Amadou Sowe ,  former PS No.1 at the Ministry of Agriculture was not easily accessible.

He added that it was Bakary Trawally, another former PS No.1, who called him into his office and told him that “the police are here”, and they say they wanted to ask him some questions.

“I was taken to the police station,” he continued, adding that the PMO later wrote a letter to him, suspending him from work until further notice.