EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Human resources and administrative officer of the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA), Saidina Alieu Jarju has told Eyeafrica Thursday evening that he and some of the thirty-one other staff of the Authority who participated in a Wednesday press conference in protest against their Director General, have been sacked via the media.
The Fatu Network reported on Wednesday that the Authority’s director general has announced the dismissal of some staff of the authority after they allegedly organised a press conference without ‘authorisation’ but Mr Jarju said they have not received any official sacking letter or attack from any of the Authority’s staff for organisaing the press conference.
“As we speak, we have been sacked by the media based on the article published on the Fatu Network yesterday,” Mr Jarju said.
The angry staff organised the Wednesday press conference on a petition that they filed against their Director General, Zainab Jallow for what they called her bad leadership.
Mrs Jallow also told Eyeafrica this evening that the Authority will be taking disciplinary actions against the staff based on The Gambia civil service rules but said no staff has been given the matching order yet. “We are in consultation with the board and our line ministry. We will call a press conference but that will be after ever action is taken,” Mrs Jallow said.
FSQA is established by the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2011 under the Office of the Vice President. It is the sole National Competent Authority with powers of delegation mandated to officially control the safety and quality of all foods (including water and beverages) and animal feed whether locally produced, imported or destined for export.
During the press conference, the staff alleged that promotion at FSQA is based on nepotism, as keeping a good relationship with the DG means likely to be promoted and not based on efficiency and productivity. He said 22 out of the 32 staff that signed the petition are issued with Administrative leave without Salary due to their solidarity to fight corruption and Weak leadership tactics in the office.