Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Paralysis of the Ministries


By Yankuba Jallow

The day for end term of presidency for the incumbent is drawing near as the clock is ticking and some of his cabinet ministers are resigning thereafter. This reporter went to some of the ministries which include Ministry of the Interior, Finance, Trade, Fisheries, Justice and Foreign Affairs. Read to find out the observations and the findings.

At the Ministry of the Interior, an officer at the ministry who preferred  anonymity told this reporter that the Minister was not at work yesterday but has been coming to work in previous days.

At the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, the security officer at the gate said the newly appointed Minister Mr. Roberts was at work but had left for home.

Mr. Abdou Jobe, the Minister for Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, has left the jurisdiction as confirmed by the security man there. The reporter reached there around 2 pm and was told that most if not all of the workers have gone home. He showed the Minister’s car parked with all the doors closed. He said they are yet to announce a new Minister.

It is at the Ministry of Justice where drama unfolded as it is the only place this reporter visited and discovered there was no one in the building not even a security agent. The reporter entered the building to see if there will be a possibility to meet at least a person working there but to his surprise, no one was seen in the whole building.

Visiting the Foreign Affairs Ministry, It was confirmed by a staff of the said ministry that the minister, Neneh Macdoull Gaye, has resigned and as at now no one has been assigned to replace her.

The Ministers of Education, both Higher and Basic, are confirmed to be working and have not resigned. The Minister of Basic Education, Madam Fatou Lamin Faye, is confirmed to be handling the position of Tourism alongside her Education Ministry.



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