The head of communications and branding at the secretariat, Nyang Njie, has also resigned.
Lamin Sanneh, the executive secretary of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation secretariat in the Gambia, has resigned, Kerr Fatou has learned.
Sanneh and his senior communication officer Mr Nyang Njie, an economist, presented their letters of resignation to President Adama Barrow on Monday.
Kerr Fatou could not confirm what precipitated the two resignations but a source close to the issue said it is related to meddling into the affairs of the Secretariat.
Sanneh is an investment banker who has been appointed to lead the country’s preparation towards the hosting of the OIC summit in Gambia in 2022.
Gambia has recently secured some funding as it prepares for the OIC summit in 2022. Under Sanneh’s leadership, Gambia has signed $93 million partly loan, partly grant with Saudi Arabia. The Gambia is also finalizing $26 million dollars support with United Arab Emirates. The country is finalizing another $23 million dollars support with Kuwait and $25 million from The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa , among others.
Gambia should have hosted the 2019 summit which happened in Saudi Arabia but could not because of insufficient level of preparedness. The summit in Saudi then unanimously voted for the country to host the 2022 OIC summit.
Since the establishment of the OIC secretariat in Gambia, Sanneh has been its leader. This is the first major resignation from the secretariat.
Couple of months ago, the secretariat’s legal adviser Almami Taal was fired by President Barrow amidst tension between the Gambian leader and his former United Democratic Party.
Taal is the spokesperson of the UDP.