The Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs Thursday presided over the swearing in ceremony of the new Secretary General and Minister responsible for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Sulayman Samba and the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science, Technology and Religious Affairs, Professor Aboubacarr Senghore, at her Office at State House.
Madam Njie’s swearing in was administered by Fatou Kineh-Jobe, Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President. After having sworn-in, she took up the chairmanship and administered the swearing in of the trio who took three different kinds of oaths from Allegiance to Secrecy and Execution of Office duties.
Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, however, thanked the President for his consideration and also the reappointment of both the SG and Higher Education Minister. She also congratulated Mr. Njie for his appointment, while thanking all of them for accepting their respective appointments and for their willingness to stand up to what she called the ‘challenge’.
“Because these are challenging jobs and there is no doubt about that,” she said. “We are in the Cabinet and we know. They were there before they all knew.”
She hailed both SG Samba and Minister Senghore for their tenacity, saying they have been working in the Revolution for quite some time. She equally lavished praises on Mr. Njie, saying he has also been in government.
“Even though you were not in Cabinet, you were very much part of us here in government,” she attested. “And it’s because of the confident that His Excellency has in you that he appointed you. He supported you to be at ECOWAS; to be in charge of infrastructure. So you are not new to infrastructure.”
She therefore, expressed optimism that Mr. Njie would be coming with a wealth of experience after having worked with ECOWAS Commission for Infrastructure.
Hon. Sheriff Bojang, the Minister of Information, Communication and Infrastructure, also congratulated the sworn-in Ministers, whereas welcomed the Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the Minister of Higher Education, for their reappointment. The duo, he said, were substantive holders of the respective positions and that they would come back with added portfolios.
“This only underscores the fact that His Excellency the President Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa, has great confidence in you and that’s why in his wisdom, he saw fit to recall you to come and rededicate yourselves to this service of our noble government; this country,” he said.
The presence of these sworn-in ministers, Mr. Bojang said, would create a brief window of opportunity as colleagues to tap their wisdom and all the experiential knowledge that they have built over the past years.
SG Sulayman Samba, who spoke on behalf of the sworn-in ministers, thanked the President for the trust and confidence he has in them by appointing them to what he called such a ‘high and privilege’ positions in the government.
“We feel confident to say that all of us will endeavour to do our best to ensure that we do not betray this government,” he said. “We will do so by seeking his guidance and tapping his leadership; the wealth of his vast experience as well as the cooperation, collaboration and assistance of all members of Cabinet.”
He said that they are assured of this cooperation by their Cabinet colleagues, because of the principle of the collective responsibility that Cabinet adheres to, and which it has finally institutionalised in its operations.
“We once again thank His Excellency for this opportunity to serve our motherland at this high level and we reiterate our resolve to live by the later and spirit of the oaths that we have sworn to.”
by Bekai Njie