2 New High Court Judges, Agric Perm Sect Sworn in

Landing Sanneh, newly appointed judge

President Adama Barrow on Thursday, April 16th April presided over the swearing-in ceremony of two Gambian judges and a permanent secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture. The new High Court judges, Justice Landing Sanneh and Justice Momodou Jallow, were sworn in after their recommendation by the Judiciary Service Commission.

Making a remark at the ceremony, the Gambian leader said he is encouraged by highly skilled and dedicated Gambians manifesting willingness to take up positions of responsibilities in the country. While expressing conviction that the judiciary is now regaining its lost glory, the President challenged the newly appointed people to strengthen the institutional and judiciary reform.

At the executive level, he noted that public servants and permanent secretaries have a crucial role in strengthening the governance system in term of reforms and efficient performance.

He therefore called on Momodou Mbaye Jabang, the newly sworn in Permanent Secretary to implement right policies, and enable conducive environment for agricultural productivity.

Having thanked the new appointees for accepting to take up the various positions of responsibilities, the President urged them to be righteous and honest in their work place.

President Barrow finally calls on public servants to have positive attitude towards work.

Assan Jallow, Chief Justice of The Gambia noted that since this government came to power, it has been working towards the ‘Gambianisation’ of the judiciary, and he is hopeful that this will continue.

Vouching for their abilities, the Chief Justice said both of them were trained in The Gambia and that they have gathered a wealth of experience.

On behalf of his colleagues, Justice Sanneh expressed gratitude and thanks to the President for the trust and confidence he bestowed on them for their various positions and promised that they will do their best in the execution of their duties.

It was in in May 2017, when the President presided over the first batch of Gambian judges to the judiciary system in the country. As of current out the 25 judges 17 are Gambians, making the 'Gambianisation' of the judiciary policy a reality.

The ceremony was also witnessed by Secretary General and Head of Civil Service, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Interior Minister, and Women and Children Affairs Minister.

Lamin Kujabi, Presidential correspondent