The Gambian President Adama Barrow has on Wednesday 4th May 2022, formed his long-awaited Cabinet since the December 4th, Presidential election that gives him a second mandate to rule the country for another 5 years.
The new cabinet appointment that was announced by Gambia Government, Spokesperson, Ebrima G. Sankareh comprises a twenty-three (23) member team that is expected to steer the affairs of the country.
According to the announcement, the Gambian Head of State has henceforth maintained eleven Ministers from his previous cabinet, nine other ministers have been dropped from the Bus, while three others recycled to serve in other cabinet portfolios
Accordingly, Hamat N.K. Bah, Minister of Tourism and Culture; Momodou Tangara Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Relations and Gambians Abroad; Dawda A. Jallow, Minister of Justice; Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, Minister of Health; Bakary Badgie, Minister of Youth and Sports; Fatou Kinteh, Minister of Gender and Children Affairs; Claudia Cole, Minister of Basic and Secondary Education; and Ebrima Sillah, Minister of Information have been maintained.
Former Higher Education Minister, Alieu Badara Joof, former Trade Minister, Seedy Keita, and former Lands Minister Musa Drammeh all have been appointed as Vice President, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Fisheries respectively.
President Barrow’s new cabinet also shows the coming of new faces into the cabinet that equally led to the relieving of the former Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray plus ten other ministers.
Accordingly, the new faces that made it to the new cabinet include Chief of Staff, Mod K. Ceesay, Secretary-General and Head of Civil Service, Salimatou E. Touray; Minister of Interior, Siaka Sonko; Minister of Agriculture, Demba Sabally; Minister of Defence, Sering Modou Njie; Minister of Lands, Regional Government and Religious Affairs, Abba Sanyang; Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Rohey John Manjang; Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Professor Pierre Gomez; Minister of Public Services, Administrative Reforms, Policy Analysis and Delivery, Babucarr Ousman Joof; and Minister of Energy and Petroleum Abdoulie Jobe.
Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray; Finance Minister, Mamburay Njie; Minister of Fisheries, Francis Gomez; Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lamin Dibba; Minister of Agriculture, Amie Fabureh; Minister of Defence, Shiekh Omar Faye; Minister of Works, Bai Lamin Jobe; Minister of Energy and Petroleum Fafa Sanyang; and Minister of Interior, Yankuba Sonko have all been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.
The public announcement also informed that, the separation of duties and the creation of three new ministries within the cabinet.
Accordingly, the Secretary-General and the Head of Civil Servants will be overseeing the Personal Management Office while all correspondence to the Office of the President to be directed/addressed to the new Chief of Staff.
Furthermore, the public is been notified that from henceforth the Ministry of Information Communication and Infrastructure (MOICI) will be separated into two ministries and headed by two ministers.
The new ministries are the Ministry of Information which will be headed by Lamin Queen Jammeh ( new Minister) and the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to be temporarily overseen by Ebrima Sillah now minister of Works (former minister of Communication).