EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s president Adama Barrow has finally settled the country’s vice president vacancy with the appointment of the women affairs Minister who was overseeing the position since his coming into power in March. Mr. Barrow today presided over the official swearing in ceremony Madam Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang at State house in Fajara.
Accompanied by her family members and relatives, the vice president took three oaths of office, secrecy and allegiance as she prepares to officially take up the task of being President Barrow’s constitutional second in command. Mr. Barrow appointed Madam Jallow-Tambajang in his first cabinet appointment but that followed a public outcry with people calling it a violation of the country’s constitution which recommended the occupier of the post to be sister five-years.
The country’s national Assembly later amended the countitution but Madam Jallow-Tambajang was move as Minister for Women Affairs overseeing the officr of vice president. President Barrow said at the swearing ceremony that story of their fight to bring peace and democracy in the country couldn’t have been what it is today without the contribution of people like Madam Jallow-Tambajang. ”She tirelessly fought and supported us at a time when many people distanced themselves from us.
This is just a formality. She has served in that capacity as overseer since March this year. So we know she is more than capable, she deserve the position”. Mr. Barrow described Madam Jallow-Tambajang as someone with a sound character, knowledgable and has a verse experience in development . ”I have full confidence and strongly believe in her. We are on the right path and we must move forward as one Gambia,” he said.
Madam Jallow-Tambajang as once served in Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh’s government but they parted following a controversy in the execution of prison mates some five years ago. Madam Jallow-Tambajang thanked president Barrow for trusting her and online media houses for the support they accorded to the coalition during the 2016 presidential campaign. ”I stand before you as a proud woman but thankful to Allah for bringing me this far.
Mr. President, i thank you for trusting, encouraging and always guiding me. To the online media outlets thank you for the support during those difficult times”. She said her appointment is a confirmation that women will always be part of President Barrow’s government ”Democratic process is maturing in the Gambia but today’s occasion is a clear manifestation that women are indeed an integral part of this government”.
While assuring her commitment to serve the country, she said cabinet is highly committed to helping the president to realize his Vision 2021 agenda as enshrined in his national development blueprint for peace, justice, sustainable development and prosperity.