Shake up at GPA – Ferries GM Sent on Administrative Leave

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Tambadou and Jawara

There has been a shake-up at the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), with Lamin Jawara, the ferry service chief, sent on administrative leave.

This was confirmed to TAT by sources at the Transport Ministry in Banjul, to which the GPA board reports.

A source told TAT: “Government, through a letter received from MoTWI (Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure), has put General Manager Lamin Jawara on administrative leave effective yesterday until further notice, and that Abdoulie Tambedou of Gambia Post is replacing him.”

Jawara has served as the General Manager of Gambia Ferries Services for over two years, a subsidiary company of GPA.

TAT has not yet learned why the government asked Jawara to take administrative leave.

However, Jawara’s replacement is reported to be Abdoulie Tambadou, who is currently Managing Director of the Gambia Postal Services, Gampost.

Tambedou once served as GPA managing director.

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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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