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Gambia Armed Forces Breaks Silence Over Soldiers’ Pay Cut

Lieutenant General, Yankuba A. Drammeh
Chief of Defence Staff

By Buba Gagigo

The Gambia Armed Forces said its high command has already invited officials of the Personnel Management Office (PMO) led by their Permanent Secretary to the Defence Headquarters, seeking clarification on the recent pay cut of the officials of the army.

“The GAF High Command invited officials of the PMO led by their Permanent Secretary to the Defence Headquarters, seeking clarification on the issue. During the frank and constructive discussion witnessed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, GAF Service Chiefs and Commanding Officers, amongst others, personnel of the PMO posited that in implementing the allowance reform system, some imputing errors were reported and these errors affected the GAF in general whose pay should legally draw inspiration from the Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS Officers and Soldiers),” it said in a statement shared with Kerr Fatou.

GAF added that the officials of the PMO have noted that the errors will be corrected and the affected men will be refunded as soon as possible. 

“The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) wishes to bring to the attention of the general public that the recent measures taken by the Personnel Management Office (PMO) to rationalize and standardize the allowance structure across the civil service has affected the GAF as well as other institutions, according to an explanation from the PMO. However, this exercise led to the deduction of the take home pay of the entire membership of the GAF.

“Meanwhile, the GAF High Command wishes to assure GAF personnel that their pay and welfare is top most priority on the Chief of Defence Staff’s priority list,” the statement concluded.

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