Twenty two staffers of Gambia’s Food Safety and Quality Authority unit have been sent on an administrative leave without pay. This followed calls made by the aggrieved staff, who called on their Director General to resign.
Over thirty workers signed the petition, in which they called for Ms. Zainab Jallow’s resignation. The staff are claiming of unfair treatment among others. Some of them were transferred to the upcountry, following their disagreement with their boss.
The suspended staff convened a press conference on Wednesday in Banjul to discuss their plight.
The DG of the unit has been accused of mismanagement of funds and resources. They have also accused their boss of making endless travels to earn per diem allowances.
The staff are demanding for her immediate removal and the revocation of their suspension letters.
The aggrieved staff have complained about lack of resources and equipment to do their job. For example, they said, they do not have computers to type their reports. They also do not have file cabins.
The staff also said there are limited staff to monitor and supervise food safety in the Greater Banjul. For the whole of Greater Banjul, they said there are only three food inspectors.