The services of the men and women were terminated by the then normalisation committee of the GFA in 2012 and since then they have been demanding their benefits to be paid with some even taking the matter to the labour department among other places.
One of the staff who was laid off accused the present GFF management of neglecting their plight.“They have started paying all GFA [now GFF] debtors but are not thinking of our termination dues,” one of the complainants lamented to The Standard under condition of anonymity.
This paper yesterday contacted GFF president Lamin Kaba Bajo for clarification. Bajo began by stating that since it is personnel that change but institution stays. He said that football association took over the issues arising from the claims but the first thing that is being done is to investigate the veracity of the claims first. ”So, the matter is being handled by our finance committee who are busy investigating it,” he said.
Bakary Jammeh, an executive member of the GFF, confirmed that the association has paid up debts it incurred, but according to him, those are key institutions and stakeholders of the association. But he said that does not mean that the termination claims are not important. “No, they are being investigated currently.” he said.
According to our sources, the complainants range from menial workers to coaches who remain unemployed since their termination. The GFF normalisation committee at the time has justified the streamlining of the association’s pay- roll since some of the employees either did not have a properly defined duty or have not been paid for and in some cases for nearly a year.]]>