Abba Sanyang Resign while Permanent Secretaries Redeployed 

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A press release from State House in Banjul on Wednesday 26th June 2023, disclosed that President Adama Barrow has accepted the resignation of Mr. Sheriff Abba Sanyang, as Minister of Lands, Regional  Government and Religious Affairs.   

In reference to Section 75, subsection 6 (a) of the 1997 Constitution of  the Republic of The Gambia, the release said President Barrow on Monday 26th June 2023 accepted the resignation letter of Sherrif Abba Sanyang as Minister of Lands, Regional  Government and Religious Affairs, and thanked Mr Sanyang for the services he rendered Government and the people of The Gambia. 

According to the release, Mr Sanyang’s resignation which is effective 1st July 2023, is for personal reasons contravening his position as Cabinet Minister, and that  Mr Sanyang served as Regional Governor in the Central River Region before his appointment as Lands Minister in May 2022.

That meanwhile, President Barrow has assigned the Minister of Public Service, Baboucarr Bouy, to oversee the Lands’ Ministry until a new Minister is appointed.

Meanwhile, more senior Government officials have been re-deployed or appointed to various new positions, according to another Press Release from the office of the President dated 1st July 2023.

According to the release, Mr. Hassan Jallow, Permanent Secretary (PS) at the Ministry of Agriculture has been redeployed to the Office of The President (OP) as Mr. Abdoulie Jallow, PS at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, is moved to the Agriculture Ministry.

Similarly, Ms. Roheyatou Kah, PS Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, is redeployed to the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR), replacing PS Alhagie Nyangado, who has been moved to the Fisheries Ministry.

Also effective 1st August 2023, Mr. Buba Sanyang, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Lands, Regional Administration and Religious Affairs has been re-deployed to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, while Mr. Samba Camara Mballow, PS at the Office of The Vice President will on the 14th October 2023, be the new PS at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare.

Equally affected by the re-deployment are four Deputy Permanent Secretaries in the persons of Mr. Alhagie Taal, DPS of the Finance and Economic Affairs Ministry, who is redeployed to the Tourism Ministry replacing DPS Mamady Dampha who moves to the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE); Mr. Hassan Gaye, DPS of MOTIE is moved to the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy (MOCDE) while Mr. Ebrima Drammeh, DPS at the Office of the President, is re-deployed as Deputy Governor in the Lower River Region.