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Barrow Tasks Newly-Appointed Ministers, Civil Servants to Deliver

President Adama Barrow Thursday tasked his newly-appointed ministers and civil servants to deliver in the interest the Gambia’s advancement.

Barrow was presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of the new Minister of Defence, Sheikh Omar Faye and Minister of Interior, Yankuba Sonko, as well as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service.

“These appointments result from the need to review our performance occasionally, and effect changes, if required… We cannot keep doing things the same way, and expect different results,” Barrow said.

He preached that “positive change leads to positive results. This is one of my government’s guiding principles.”

Minister of Defence, Sheikh Omar Faye (L) and President Barrow (R)

It’s the first time in more than two decades The Gambia has a defense minister who’s not the president.

Interior Minister-Yankuba Sonko (L) and President Barrow (R)

“It is also important to fast track the internal security sector reforms. I trust that with the new Interior Minister, a sharper focus and more urgency will attend the security reform programme,” the president said.

Secretary General and Head of Civil Service (L) and President Barrow (R)

For the position of Secretary General, he is expected to deliver civil service reform which requires positive work ethics and discipline.

“We do not have the luxury to slow down Government machinery, nor the country’s progress. The only option is to sincerely commit ourselves to service.”

According to the president, the challenges of the ‘New Gambia’ require following right processes to prosper. “In doing so, we must be selfless, and move together with vigour and seriousness.”

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