GAMBIA’S JUSTICE MINISTRY IS ON THE VERGE OF CLOSING, AS STAFF LEAVES IN LARGE NUMBERS-JUSTICE MINISTER LAMENTS

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Tambadou Sounds The Alarm Bell Over Personnel Constraints

Gambia’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Aboubacarr Tambadou, has sounded the alarm bell over serious personnel constraints the ministry is confronted with, warning of a possible shutdown.
“This ministry is in crisis. It is on the verge of collapsing,” Tambadou announced to journalists during a news conference held at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Banjul.
As one of the rare ministries that is constantly on the spotlight, the Justice Ministry continues to play a key role in the transition process. Amid rising demand for justice, the said department is overseeing prominent court cases involving the NIA9, the murder case linked to Yankuba Touray, a former top official of the previous regime etc.
He deplored a disturbing trend that is negatively impacting on their day-to-day work as senior staffers are leaving the Justice Ministry in search for greener pastures.
“I have only seventeen lawyers to help me with our work, and provide legal services to gov’t,” he revealed while indicating that his staff are leaving him at a time he most needs them.
He then added: “I have had to bring this to the attention of President Barrow because of the criticality of this situation. I am pretty much down on my knees in term of personnel and manpower.”
If the situation prevails, he went on, it will significantly impact on the speed of the country’s reform agenda.
“This is warning shot to all of you,” he voiced out.
Written Abdoulie John
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