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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Gambia gets new female ombudsman

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Their appointment was scrutinised and confirmed by the lawmakers yesterday when a motion was moved in that direction during the third ordinary session of the National Assembly in Banjul. 

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Foreign Minister, Bala Garba Jahumpa while urging the lawmakers to consider and approve their appointment to the job stated: “The appointments of the ombudsman and two deputies by the president is in accordance with Section 164 (1) of the 1997 Constitution which states that, ‘the ombudsman and the deputy ombudsmen shall be appointed by the president in consultation with the Public Service Commission and subject to confirmation by the National Assemby.’ Pertinently, and after due consultation with the PSC, the president has approved the appointment of Fatou Njie-Jallow as ombudsman with effect from 1st November 2014. Similarly, Mr Ousman GM Nyang and Mr Samba Badjie were both appointed as deputy ombudsmen with effect from 1st December 2014. 

“I have no doubt that the track records, expertise, competence, integrity and conduct of both the ombudsman and her two deputies are impeccable and above buts. Their records of service of excellence to society and the nation at large speak for themselves. Accordingly, therefore, I wish to recommend this Assembly to consider and approve the appointments of Mrs Fatou Njie-Jallow as ombudsman and Mr Ousman GM Nyang and Mr Samba Bajie as deputy ombudsmen respectively.”

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