By Makutu Manneh
The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Major General Yakuba A. Drammeh, on Monday April 27th 2020 paid a courtesy call on the Inspector General of Police Alhaji Mamour Jobe, at his office in Banjul.
CDS Drammeh was accompanied to the Police Headquarters by the Directors of Operations, Public Relations Officer of Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) and his Military Assistant.
In his welcome remarks, IGP Jobe congratulated CDS Drammeh on his appointment to the enviable position of Chief of Defence Staff of the GAF and used the opportunity to thank former CDS Lieutenant General Masanneh N. Kinteh, for the support and excellent cordial relations he maintained with the various security services. IGP Jobe expressed hope that CDS General Drammeh would continue from where his predecessor left by sharing information and best practices. IGP Jobe indicated his readiness to extend similar gestures of support and cooperation to CDS Drammeh and all other Service Chiefs. He finally thanked CDS Drammeh for the invitation to attend the ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony of his predecessor.
CDS Drammeh on his part thanked IGP Jobe and his Deputy for receiving him and his delegation at the Police Headquarters, despite their busy schedules. He went on to appreciate the IGP for attending the ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony of his predecessor noting that his presence had added color and impetus to the historic ceremony, where he officially took over the command of GAF. CDS Drammeh assured the IGP of his readiness to work closely with the Gambia Police Force, as well as other Service Chiefs through collaboration and information sharing; that it is only through cooperation that the security services could maintain peace and security in the Gambia. CDS Drammeh went further to state that he cherishes the cordial relations among Security Chiefs which he characterized as the basis for mutual trust and respect while expressing the need to further explore other areas of collaboration such as joint training exercises in Public Order Management, Internal Security Operations and other technical areas of cooperation.
The two Security Chiefs exchanged gifts to symbolize and remind themselves of the visit and fruitful discussions that ensued from the meeting.