GAMBIA: GAMTEL’S BILLING SCANDAL CONTRACT: LETTER WRITER ALLEGES THAT GAMTEL BOARD MEMBER LAMIN SAIDY WAS USING GENERAL SAUL BADJIE AND CO TO DO BUSINESS WITH GAMTEL

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This rejoinder in regard to your lead story captioned: GAMTEL BOARD MEMBER AWARDED BILLING CONTRACT. I was surprised to learn that he has been hired as a Board member of Gamtel.

He has been milking Gamtel for the past 15 years. He has been using his contacts to pursue his own sheer greed. His company had not added any value to the development of Gamtel. Instead, he had been contributing to the retrogression of the company.

I am also shocked that the Barrow government hasn’t done any background check on him. Back in 2005, or thereabout he established an ISP company and took bandwidth from Gamtel. As far as I can remember, he still owed over 3 million dalasis, which he has refused to pay up till day.

During the past Jammeh era, he would befriend Saul Badjie and using those contacts to intimidate Gamtel MDs.

During Baboucarr Sanyang’s tenue, he entered a dubious wireless service company with Gamtel to which Gamtel, is up today paying him millions.  No one in Gamtel understands this so-called joint venture to which Gamtel has not gain anything from that venture. This joint venture should be investigated properly. This joint venture is up till day active.

Why should he be on the Gamtel board at this time when he is still doing business with Gamtel. I am not surprised that he is still on a fishing expedition on Gamtel.  This man is empty, he knows nothing about telecoms. All he has is a big mouth and can exploit contacts up at state house.

It is a shame that he is appointed board member of this great institution. I heard that he is a senior member of the Barrow Youth Movement. Politics is going to kill all these onetime great institutions.

I would have expected at least one or two of the former loyal professional staff, the likes of Pa Gaye, Omar Ndow to be appointed as board members. These people have the heart of the institution and would do anything to bring it up back. Politics is killing all these institutions. Look at Manjang at Social Security, it is a shame that such hardworking individuals can just be pushed aside.  Halifa is right when he said, we are yet to have a system change.

Regards

Sheriff

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