Sep 17, 2014, 10:22 AM
Modou F. Singhateh who passed away October 30, 2011 was an experienced civil servant, diplomat and writer of two profoundly useful but little noticed books: A Day in Their Lives (1984) and British Colonial Administrative System on the Anvil (1996). But it is his illustrious career in the
He joined the colonial Civil Service in 1956 after high school and rose through the ranks to reach the coveted position of Executive Officer which was then a Middle Management post; the spring board for higher ranks and responsibilities. In 1965, he took a break to study at
In 1983, after 27 years in the Civil Service, he was seconded to Gambia Utilities Corporation (GUC) where he served with distinction under many European managers such as Klaus Bringman, as Manager for Personnel and Administration.
Indeed, he was among the first corps of Gambians to receive overseas training in Public Administration, which earned him the coveted position of Member of theBritish
Nearer the end of his active service in Government, he resorted to writing. He once confided to me (and he mentions this in one of his books) that his writing buds were raised in 1966 when as a student in
His first book A Day In Their Lives came out in 1984. It is an interesting book which seeks to ‘give insight into what various professionals do in their daily work’. It remains an excellent guide towards career choices for young graduates. In 1996, he published his second book; a dramatised history of the British Colonial Service in
To his family and friends, I pay my condolences.
(M.F. Singhateh civil servant, diplomat and writer: born 1936, died October 30 2011)