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Gambia’s security sector reform gets new Chairperson

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Abubacarr Tambadou, Minister of Justice, is the new Chairperson of the Joint Ministerial/Ambassadorial level government and international partners’ Steering Committee established by the Government of The Gambia in August 2017 to act as the Project Board of Security Sector Reform.

In order to carry out the desired security sector reforms, the Government of The Gambia (GoTG) commissioned an in-depth assessment to inform the development of a comprehensive security sector reform programme.

The Steering Committee commissioned a twenty-seven (27) member Technical Working Group (TWG) to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the security and justice needs of the people and the state as the basis for the envisaged security sector reform.

The Security Sector Assessment evaluated the current security context, challenges and gaps that exist within the security institutions and made recommendations for the changes required to make them more professional, effective, accountable, and responsive to the security and justice needs of the citizenry and operating within the framework of good governance, respect for the rule of law and human rights and international humanitarian laws.

The collaboration of the government and its partners led to the development and approval of UN Peace Building Project geared towards supporting this initiative. Hon. Abubacarr Tambadou replaces the Vice President of The Gambia as chair of the Steering Committee .

As chair, he is expected to provide leadership and strategic decision making to ensure effective and efficient SSR management and delivery. In his inaugural meeting with Steering Committee members held at the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday, 8th May 2019, Hon.

Abubacarr Tambedou promised to inject impetus, speed and seriousness needed to boost the Security Sector Reform process, the Government of The Gambia has embarked upon.

Press release by Office of the National Security Adviser

 

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