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Intel Chief incurs benefits cut as Agents‘ Operational Funds increases

Operatives of the Gambia‘s State Intelligence Agency (SIS) have expressed delight at the initiative taken by Lamin Jadama, the new Director General of SIS to increase their Operational Funds package with an additional D750 for everyone across the board.

The officers also heaped praises on DG Jadama for his bold initiative to motivate the entire staff.

LamToro News have been reliably informed that DG Lamin Jadama have increased the Operations Fund of the country‘s intel operatives from D350 to D1,100 dalasis, meaning an additional 750 dalasis has been increased on each and every operative‘s special operations fund package.

An SIS insider (name withheld) said the new increment took effect on 15th February 2024.

“The Operations Fund is different from our salaries, transport allowance and other benefits. Actually, our new DG Jadama has done really well. We are proud of him. Unlike the former DG Ousman Sowe, Jadama has decided to increase our operations funds across the board to further motivate and encourage us,“ said one of our Intel sources.

Another source said: “Jadama is doing great. Unlike his predecessor, he is taking a different approach and is very professional in his official duties.  This initiative is greatly appreciated by everyone here. He knows there are too many privileges given to the DG and he doesn‘t want to enjoy all that alone. He is down-to-earth and acknowledges Intelligence reports. Indeed he is God-fearing and a good leader.“

One of the directors (name withheld) said: “We are not surprised by his initiative as we knew him to be professional and he lives a simple life . He knows the intelligence job and encourages everybody. Besides, he also acknowledges reports from our officers and this is encouraging. Can you imgaine Ousman Sowe was enjoying all these privileges . Sowe is wicked, in fact after his handing over, he even took away his official chair along to his home which is undone.“

Readers would recall that Lamin Jadama was appointed as SIS Director General by President Adama Barrow sometime in September 2023. He replaced Ousman Sowe who was appointed as Minister of Lands, Regional Government and Religious Affairs.

Ousman Sowe actively served for almost one month at his Ministry before becoming ill and has been receiving medical treatment since then.

LTN was informed that Ousman Sowe was first admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the Gambia‘s main referral hospital, the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in the country‘s capital Banjul before been evacuated to Dakar in neighbouring Senegal. Sowe spent sometime in Dakar receiving medical treatment while plans were been made for his immediate further evacuation to Saudi Arabia.

While in Dakar, the President of the Republic HE Adama Barrow sent a Special Envoy in the person of Abubakarr Sulayman Jeng, the National Security Adviser to visit his newly appointed Lands Minister cum erstwhile Spy Agency Chief to know his health condition at the time. Ousman Sowe was later flown to Saudi Arabia where is he still receiving medical treatment.

Meanwhile, the President of the Republic has since 13th October 2023, appointed Baboucarr Bouy, the Minister of Public Service, Administration Reforms, Policy Coordination and Delivery to oversee the Ministry of Lands, Regional Government and Religious Affairs until a substantive holder is appointed.

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