Reports emanating from the Ministry of Agriculture have it that Minister O.J. Jallow has rejected the appointment of PS Ousman Jammeh on the grounds of continuity of programmes at the ministry.
Mr. Jammeh has been appointed as PS No 1 on the 5th of December 2017, replacing Sait Drammeh whose contract got expired. He received his appointment letter through the Personnel Management Office (PMO).
Minister Jallow said that it was for the sake of continuity and consolidation of programmes that he recommended Assan Jallow, who he said has been working with the ministry since 1994. He said that newly appointed PS Jammeh had worked under Assan Jallow who was a graduate when Jammeh did not go to the university.
Mr. Jammeh said he only reported to work and was told that O.J. Jallow said he could not work with him.
“Minister Jallow clearly told me that he cannot work with me because we were all part of the system,” he said.
Quizzed by this reporter whether there was rift between him and the Agric minister, Jammeh emphatically said he had no problem with O.J. Jallow.
“Minister Jallow is someone that I have not worked with but I have respect for him so much. However, I am confused by his decision of saying that he cannot work with me,” PS Jammeh noted.
PS Jammeh said that he has written to the secretary general, Office of the President, PMO as well as the National Assembly Select Committee on Agriculture with regard to O.J.’s decision.
“I have nothing personal against Ousman Jammeh, but as I said, I need continuity. Assan Jallow worked in various positions at the ministry up to the level of PS and he was graduated well before Jammeh,” O.J. said.
One National Assembly member who is part of the Select Committee on Agriculture, who was also was briefed on the issue and spoke on the condition of anonymity said they did not receive the letter yet but that PS Jammeh was at the Chamber.
“PS Jammeh was at the chamber yesterday. We also understand that there is a problem between him and the Agric minister,” he said, adding that Select Committee would meet and discuss about the issue when they receive the letter.
Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: The Point Newspaper Banjul