President Barrow appoints Former Lead Economist at IDB as 1st Deputy Governor of Central Bank

The Central Bank of The Gambia Building in Banjul

President Adama Barrow has appointed Dr. Abdoulie Sireh Jallow, former lead economist at Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank as the First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia, replacing Dr. Seeku Jaabi.

Dr. Paul J Mendy was also appointed by the President as Second Deputy Governor replacing Mr. Essa Drammeh.

Experienced Lead Economist with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry with Skilled in Policy Analysis, Analytical Skills, Economic Research, Project Finance, and Strategic Planning, Mr. Jallow is a Strong analytic professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Economics from Boston University and a Ph.D. (Economics) focused in International Trade from McGill University.

The appointment of the two top officials follows the departure of first deputy governor Seeku Jaabi and the second deputy governor, Essa Drammeh after the bank fails to renew their expired five-year contract.

Meanwhile, a leaked internal investigation report, on the D11.1 Million corruption scandal made available to TAT says the first and second deputy governors failed to act swiftly on the allegations.

The report said the first deputy governor is “found wanting for serious misconduct and dereliction of duty”, while the second deputy governor “concealed vital information regarding the allegation being investigated.”

Meanwhile, the report, which was sent to the Office of the President exonerates the prime suspect, Abdou Ceesay, and two others, Omar Touray and Chikam Bah, as well as the head of IT at the CBG.


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