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Gambia: Gambia orders govt appointees to fly economy class for cost saving

2017/10/05

As part of cost cutting in government spending, a category of Gambian civil servants have been instructed to fly economy class, the Data Minister Demba Ali Jawo has disclosed.

According to him, the decision was part of the outcome of a cabinet conference that was held on Monday. The affected appointees are Permanent Secretaries and persons holding the post of Director-General.

The said conference chaired by President Adama Barrow, as well dealt with issues such as continental trade negotiations and the drive to resolve the country’s energy challenges by next year.

He as well gave updates of how the finance minister was working on a budgetary framework to transaction with controls on governance spending. Whiles looking to cut cost, the cabinet he added was as well looking to boost resource mobilization in the West African country.

The country, known as the ‘Smiling Coast’ of Africa experienced a tense political climate late 2016 into early 2017 at the same time as long serving leader, Yahya Jammeh, attempted to overturn an election defeat. He was beaten by President Adama Barrow – again an opposition coalition candidate.

The Adama Barrow government has severally accused Jammeh of looting national resources before leaving the country. Several probes are underway to recover monies and properties belonging to Jammeh who is currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

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