Leadership Changes at Anti-Narco Office as DG Gassama redeployed to Foreign Service

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Bakary Gassama

President Adama Barrow has unexpectedly changed the leadership of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, reassigning its director general, Bakary Gassama, to the foreign service and appointing Dawda Ceesay as his replacement.

Ceesay, a former teacher who lives in the United States, previously served as the agency’s administrative director.

Dawda Ceesay, the new replacement for Gassama

Lamin Saidybaa, the Drug Law Enforcement Agency spokesperson, confirmed Gassama’s redeployment to the foreign service but did not provide further details. This move is seen as part of a larger strategic shift within the agency.

Gassama, a widely experienced anti-drug agency chief, was appointed by former President Jammeh in 2015 and then reinstated by the coalition government in 2017. His tenure ended with his redeployment to the foreign service.

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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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