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BAC Backs Land Ministry’s Decision To Put Finance Manager on Leave

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Mahamadou Ceesay, Chairman of Basse Area Council 

By Buba Gagigo

The Basse Area Council (BAC) has expressed its support for the Ministry for Lands, Regional Government, and Religious Affairs’ decision to place the council’s Acting Finance Manager and Cashier on administrative leave.

In a press release, the BAC said it received a letter from the ministry directing the immediate leave of the two officials. The ministry’s decision came in light of a recent financial investigation into the council’s finances, which was conducted following a resolution passed by the General Council on June 16, 2023.

“The ministry’s investigation revealed adverse findings pertaining to the financial activities of the Basse Area Council, specifically implicating the Acting Finance Manager and Cashier. As a result, the Ministry for Lands, Regional Government, and Religious Affairs has taken the decision to place both individuals on administrative leave, effective immediately.

“The Basse Area Council acknowledges the seriousness of the allegations and fully supports the Ministry’s decision to undertake a thorough investigation into these matters. The council remains committed to ensuring transparency, accountability, and the responsible management of public funds. The administrative leave of the Acting Finance Manager and Cashier will allow for an independent and impartial review of the allegations made against them,” they said.

The Basse Area Council pledged to cooperate fully with the Ministry for Lands, Regional Government, and Religious Affairs in the ongoing investigation and to provide any necessary assistance.

“The council is dedicated to addressing any issues identified and implementing appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future. The Basse Area Council assures the public of its commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and financial governance. The council will continue to prioritize the interests of the community and work diligently to ensure the effective delivery of essential services,” they concluded.

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