By Almamy Fanding Taal
The body of Hon Lamin Ndambu Dibba, who was an executive member of the United Democratic, was laid to rest at his native village of Salikene in the Central Baddibu district yesterday.
The body was received at the Banjul International Airport by the Secretary General and the Party Leader of the UDP, Alhgie Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, the members and militants of the Party at the foot of the Turkish aircraft that brought the body.
Thousands paid their respect to the late Dibba at the Banjul International Airport at 7:00 Am, before the crowd moved to Central Baddibu for burial which took place at 5pm.
From the Airport the deceased was escorted by thousands of party militants and well-wishers to his final resting place in Salikene by the Secretary General and Party Leader and the National Executive Committee Members of the United Democratic Party.
Late Dibba won a by-election under the UDP ticket, and became the second UDP member of the National Assembly in the second republic after the demise of Late Hon Karamba Gassama who died in a car accident; he also was a UDP member of parliament.
Late Hon Dibba spends the best part of his life a community worker before finally joining politics. He is survived by wives, children and many grandchildren.
Hon. Lamin Ndabung Dibba was a founding member of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and former Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of The Gambia (9th July 2018 – 15th March 2019). He previously served as Minister of Lands and Regional Government from 2017 to 2018.
A native of Salikenni in Baddibu, Dibba was an executive member and the Senior Administrative Secretary of the UDP. He was imprisoned in 2016 alongside the party leader, H.E Alhaji Ousainou Darboe, and others.
Dibba was appointed Minister of Lands and Regional Government in February 2017. In August, he told reporters that land was a very critical matter in the West Coast Region due to rural-urban migration. He also said he was working with UNDP to create a mapping strategy for naming streets and numbering houses across the entire country.
In late June 2018, it was announced that he was being reshuffled to Minister of Agriculture, replacing Omar A. Jallow. As he was leaving the Lands Ministry, Dibba said at the time that ‘the direction was clear for providing inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements for all, in accordance with the UN’s New Urban Agenda.’
In early July 2018, Dibba went on a three-day tour of the country during which farmers reiterated to him their concerns over late distribution of fertilizer, poor marketing for their products, and a lack of access roads to their rice fields, as well as threats posed by climate changes.
In response, Dibba outlined a national plan addressing agricultural issues. This included 70% subsidisation of fertilizers, government augmentation of seed banks, and the announcement of groundnut prices prior to harvest.
He was relieved of his cabinet post by President Adama Barrow on the 15th March 2019 along with Vice President Alhaji Ousainou Darboe and Amadou Sanneh, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Employment at the time.
Dibba died on the 14th November 2020 in the Federal Republic of Germany after a short illness.
Rest in Peace Hon Ndambu Dibba Wallinmang.