The Managing Director of Gambia’s Ports Authority Ousman Jobarteh has denied operating a shipping company while serving as MD at the ports. This followed, reports received by this medium alleging that MD Jobarteh is operating a shadow shipping company called Ous Boy Logistics (OBL). The report intimates that Jobarteh even recently lobbied Hamidou Jah of Jah Oil to channel his Cement Cargo shipments through his OBL shipping Company.
Hamidou was previously dealing with one of of local shippers at the ports, but sources alleged that the Ports MD has used his influence to ask the Jah Oil owner to patronize OBL. The report also suggests that some of the other local company owners have been complaining about being allegedly solicited for business patronizing by the ports MD.
Contacted for comment, MD Jobarteh, vehemently rejected the allegations. He told Freedom Newspaper that the company being associated with him, is owned by a family friend called Ismaila Demba.
“A family friend of mine owns the company called OBL Logistics. His name is Ismaila Demba. I have no ties with the company,” Jobarteh remarked.
Jobarteh has not denied that Jah Oil cement shipments are being handled by OBL. “Jah Oil is in the business of bulk cement cargo shipment,” he remarked.
When asked why should anyone accused him of operating a shadow shipping company Jobarteh said: “It is because the guy who owns the company is a family friend. I am 100 percent sure that I have no ties with no shipping company. I work entirely for the ports. The owner of OBL is a family friend.”
Ousman Jobarteh was among the witnesses, who had appeared before the Janneh Commission.
Jobarteh has thanked our Editor for contacting him to get his own side of the story.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai