Gambia Gov’t to brief Journalists on GamPretolum Saga, Detained officials still held

Hon. Ebrima Sillah, Minister of woks

The government is set to break its silence over the ongoing scandal rocking the country’s premier oil firm Gampetroleum with a press conference that bring together the Ministry of Information, Energy and Trade to brief the press about raging saga, which earned traction during a week of gas and fuel shortages in the Gambia.

The Petroleum Scandal has already led to some arrests with the company’s Top executive Saihou Drammeh and Lamin Gassama, director of operations at Gampetroleum in detention alongside one Khadija Kebbeh of the Gach holdings,  the Alkamba Times gathers.

The press conference scheduled to take place at the Petroleum House in the Turntable area shortly after police in Banjul confirmed the detention of the managing director of Gampetrolum, Saihou Drammeh on Friday.

“Yes, we can confirm his arrest in connection with transactions relating to petroleum products under his purview, ”Police Spokesperson ASP Lamin Njie said, without specifying any charges to Alkamba Times last week.

On Monday, TAT ran another story linking the government and Businessman Abukar Jawara of Gach global to the melee of events trumping supposedly short Petroleum supplies as the nation reeled from the uncertainty of unannounced scarcity.

One source told TAT that the cause of the last weeks shortage is perhaps the workings of a bad business day as suppliers reneged on stocks after Gampetroleum failed to pay them.

Well, we will know more in the coming days but the hiccup of a shortage that faced the oil sector comes at its worst with an increase in city transport fares digging deeper into commuters pockets.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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