By: Special Reporter
President Adama Barrow Friday announced his first major cabinet reshuffle, changing the vice president and many other ministers.
In a statement made by the presidency and signed by Amie Bojang-Sissoho, the Director of Press and Public Relations at State House, Barrow has dropped Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang as the country’s Vice President and Minister of Women Affairs and henceforth redeployed her to an undesignated foreign services. Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs has now been appointed as the new Vice President. Momodou Tangara, former Gambian Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been named as the new Foreign Affairs Minister.
Also Demba Ali Jawo, the Minister of Information and Communications has been replaced by Ebrima Sillah, the Director General of Gambia Radio and Television Services. Omar Jallow, the Minister of Agriculture has been sacked while Henry Gomez, the Youth and Sports Minister has now been appointed as Special Youth Adviser to the President.
Amadou Sanneh, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs until Friday has been moved to Trade and Regional Integration as the new Minister and Mamburay Njie has been named as Sanneh’s replacement. The former Trade Minister, Dr. Isatou Touray has now taken over the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare whose previous holder, Saffie Lowe Ceesay has been dropped. Lamin N. Dibba, the former Minister of Lands and Regional Government has been moved to serve as the new Agriculture Minister and he is replaced by a newcomer to Barrow’s cabinet, Musa Drammeh. Another newcomer to the cabinet is Hadrammeh Sidibeh who is now the Minister of Youths and Sports.