The President’s Office., in a press release, yesterday announced the inauguration by President Barrow of a six-member panel to look into matters at the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC). It is headed by Mr. Momodou Samateh, the current Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC), “who has extensive national and international experience in public administration.”
The panel has a period of one month to present a comprehensive report to the President. The findings will also inform the government’s policy on crisis management in public enterprises and parastatals in the country.
In his inaugural remark, President Barrow said: “In our new democracy, we have to identify people who have the capacity, professional ethics and honesty to take responsibility. It is in this context that members have been chosen to constitute this panel.”
The Chairman of the Panel, Mr. Momodu Samateh, appreciated the honour bestowed on the panelists with admiration of their experience and knowledge in the execution of the task that lies ahead. He went to say the team is expected to do a good job that could that be used on the management of other public-private enterprises in the country.
Mr. Samateh committed that they would dedicate time to the assignment, and would be fair in the execution of task so that the nation can move forward. “It is a part of nation building. We are not doing this job for the president. We are doing it for ourselves, for posterity and for all Gambians,” he added.
The other members of the Panel are: former Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Crispin Grey-Johnson, Hon. Alieu Ngum, Mrs. Nelly Taylor and Alhaji Tamu Njie and Nyallo Barrow.
The CDS, Lt Gen Masanneh Kinteh, on Tuesday assured the SSHFC staff that a task force would be established to investigate their complaints. He made this remark will addressing the staff during the closedown.