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Security sector was compromised during Jammeh’s regime- Security Adviser

Nov 6, 2019, 12:56 PM | Article By: Fatou Dem

President Adama Barrow’s security adviser said on Tuesday, that The Gambia’s security sector was compromised during the 22-year rule of former President Yahya Jammeh’s government.

Speaking at The Gambia Immigration Department (GID) retreat on its 2019-2014 strategic plan at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) conference hall along Bertil Harding highway, Momodou Badjie said the lack of interest on key stakeholder management was by command without any strategic alignments both vertically and horizontally.

He said there was no bigger motivating pictures, unclear goals working without resources, no national security architecture and no regulatory framework during the period.

Colonel Badjie said President Barrow’s government has now came up with a reform agenda to increase responsiveness, public trust and confidence in the security sector.

This reform agenda, he said, targets to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of service to the public, enhance compliance with existing regulations and laws in public security service delivery and to entrench a culture of accountability, transparency and ethics in security provisions management and oversight.

Seedy M. Touray, Director General of GID said the five-year strategic plan is align with the NDP and the National Security Policy document.

He said to facilitate and expedite the work of the regional commissioners; each regional commissioner will be given a desktop computer with all the accessories to support their reporting to the research and planning team and the reporting officers.

Mr Touray said their new projects include a one million dollar project sponsored by the government of Japan through the International Organisation for Migration from which will build migrant information data analysis system centers in four of the strategic border entry points of Amdalai, Giboro, Farafenni and Kerewan.

Kodu Njie, representative of the Ministry of Interior said the National Development Plan that aimed to create a Gambia that is habitable to all her citizens and ensure effective implementation of the strategic plan, will go a long way in complementing the creation of a society that everyone envisage.

She said the strategic implementation is important because it is where the real action takes place, saying it is the tactics in the strategic plan that will be transformed into actions or actual performance.