#Headlines

Assembly refers 2 appointments to relevant committee for scrutiny

May 20, 2020, 12:35 PM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko

Deputies at the National Assembly on Tuesday referred the appointment of Rtd. Col. Momodou Ndow Njie and Yusupha Dibba as members of the Armed Forces Council to the Standing Committee on Defence and Security at the parliament for scrutiny.

Sheikh Omar Faye, the minister for Defence, who tabled the motion, informed members that there has never been a functional Armed Forces Council in the history of The Gambia.

He added that the establishment of the council with that calibre of people will significantly assist in the oversight processes and democratic civilian control of the Armed Forces. The roles of the Armed Forces Council are clearly stipulated in section 189, sub-section 2 and 3 of the constitution.

According to Defence minister, Rtd. Col. Momodou Ndow Njie was one of the founders of The Gambia National Army in 1984 and became the first commander in 1984. He attended several military trainings in The Gambia, United Kingdom and France. He has vast experience about The Gambia Armed Forces and very knowledgeable in military operations. He also served as the ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to France.

He also talked about Yusupha Dibba, who he said has M.Sc in International Agricultural Development from the University of California Davis, MA degree in History and Political Science from the University of Bostwana and Swaziland as well as BA in Sociology, Economics and History from Botswana. He is a retired civil servant and had served in various ministries and capacities, including the Ministry of Defence as permanent secretary. He also served as the ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to Cuba.

“In Pursuance of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia section 189 sub section (1), and as part of the Security Sector Reform on Defence, His Excellency the President and the Commander-in-Chief of The Gambia Armed Forces has granted approval for the establishment of the Armed Forces Council.”

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Marie Antoinette Coker
GTU urges gov’t to prioritise education
Oct 5, 2020, 11:47 AM

The Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) General Secretary Marie Antoinette Corr-Jack has called on the government of The Gambia to prioritise education in its support mechanisms during these trying moments.

PS Buah Saidy
Covid-19 fund expenditure & procurement is very transparent
Apr 28, 2020, 12:30 PM

The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Buah Saidy, has described as ‘‘transparent, honest and accountable’’ the efforts of his ministry in the resource mobilisation and distribution of the national covid-19 relief fund/package.

Ebrima
Gov’t relaxes travel restrictions
Oct 12, 2020, 11:31 AM

The Gambia government has announced the relaxation of travel restrictions and plans to open some non-essential places, the Office of Government Spokesperson reveals.

Judiciary
Judiciary regaining public confidence as 2 new judges sworn
Apr 17, 2020, 2:03 PM

State House, Banjul, April 16, 2020 – President Adama Barrow has expressed delight in the fact that Gambian judiciary is re-gaining its lost image and public confidence within three years of his administration.