Gambian President Adama Barrow has effected a minor reshuffle in the Civil Service, the Freedom Newspaper can authoritatively report. Topping the list of Permanent Secretaries to be axed and redeployed was Yankuba Saidy. Saidy was the Perm Sec at the corrupt State House Investment Department, where kickbacks and extortion of foreign investors is the order the day. Saidy has been moved to Russia, where he had been appointed as Deputy Ambassador. He is going to work under Ambassador Jainaba Bah.
Yankuba Saidy has been replaced by Lamin Sima, a former Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation Director. Sima, who was recently appointed Ambassador at large for Investment, is the new Perm Sec for Investment at the State House.
Yanks Saidy and Lamin Sima used to be close buddies, until their recent strained relationship. The duo used to hangout and barbecue somewhere at Old Yundum. They are no longer in good terms.
Sima took an early “retirement” from the SSHFC. This followed the illegal sale of lands to private buyers. The prices were overpriced. He was interviewed by the police and let go. Three of his colleagues were arrested and granted bail. The SSHFC illegal land sale case still pending at the police.
Sima is said to be a Board member of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC).
Also moved to the Foreign Service was Bulli Dibba, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Dibba has been deployed to Sierra Leone as a Deputy Ambassador. He is going to work under Ambassador Ebou Manneh.
Lamin Camara, the Perm Sec at the Agriculture Ministry has been moved to Guinea Bissau as a Deputy Ambassador, while Sekou Gasssama, a Perm Sec at the President’s Office, has been redeployed to Head the Prison Services. Gassama is the new Director General of the Prison Services.