Panafrican News Agency

Gambian leader asks civil servants to step up their performance

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has told civil servants in the West African nation to choose between public work or social activities.

Addressing Banjul Muslim Elders and Imams at State House, he said civil servants must reduce social activities and concentrate on work because henceforth poor perfornance would not be allowed.

In a statement made available to PANA on Wednesday, President Barrow said: "We must take our work as our priority because without work we cannot develop; without work, we will be sitting at the corners and junctions complaining and nothing will change."

The Gambian leader said that every day he reports to work by 7:45 am, and asked: “If I can be in my office by that time, why should civil servants report to work by 9am or 10am?"

He said that his new cabinet will have a Minister that will be solely responsible for issues of civil servants.

President Barrow also disclosed that his government will create an inspectorate unit under the Office of the Civil Service to monitor civil servants.

He called on all Gambians to get back to work stressing that sitting in the corners and criticising the government will not solve the country's problems.

He said members of his next government will be assessed on their performance contracts, stressing "if you work hard you stay if not you give way; there are a lot of Gambians to choose from".

-0- PANA MSS/MA 4May2022