By: Kebba Ansu Manneh
Seven suspended revenue collectors of the Brikama Area Council (BAC) are to return to work after the Internal Audit Department investigations found that they were not engaged in corrupt practices.
Alfusainey Colley, Assan Jassey, Binta Fatty, Buba Jabang, Famara Sanyang, Kebba Jammeh, and Momodou Lamin Saidykhan were among the 14 collectors suspended last month by the council.
Consequently, the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) has advised the council to revoke their suspension at a meeting held on 21st October 2023 between the council and LGSC officials.
“Unfortunately, the council has yet to pass a resolution allowing the seven revenue collectors to resume working after being cleared of all allegations.
“The issue of the accused was to be addressed during the last General Council Meeting held on 7th November 2023, but it was not even mentioned during that session,” a BAC insider told TAT.
He added: “All the seven suspended revenue collectors were falsely accused of corruption, but an Internal Audit Department investigation revealed that none of them tampered with the council’s revenues. Their suspension was hastily done.”
TAT spoke to Sulayman Barry, Internal Auditor and Head of Investigations, Momodou Charreh Gibba, Chairperson of the Establishment and Appointments Committee, and Lamin Dibba, Chairperson of the Finance Committee.
They all confirmed that the suspended revenue collectors were cleared of all allegations, and revoking their suspension will be done at the next General Council Meeting on 14th November 2023.