Gambia to introduce ‘score cards’ for civil servants

By on 12/02/2018
Banjul, the capital city of Gambia (Image courtesy: Guillaume Colin & Pauline Penot/Flickr).

Gambia’s new Secretary General and Civil Service chief Habib Saihou Drammeh has hinted at introducing different score cards to assess the performance and output of civil servants.

Drammeh made the suggestion while addressing the Gambian cabinet after taking his oaths of allegiance, office and secrecy at the State House in Banjul, the capital city.

During his address, the former Minister of Interior stressed that the civil service needs to respond in time to the priority areas in terms of national development.

‘Transformation’

He said: “The Gambia is witnessing an end to the beginning to this transition into a new face of transformation.

“Therefore, in this regard, we would develop different score cards for the civil service that the cabinet can finally agree upon, as a way in which we could measure output and performance.

“I believe if we do this, we would be in a better position to be able to attain those goals in the shortest time possible. This is our commitment.”

Drammeh was appointed as Gambian Secretary General and Head of Civil Service, following the re-deployment of Dawda Fadera to the United States as the country’s Ambassador.

The 58-year old’s appointment in January came three months after the start of his role as the Minister of Interior, following the controversial dismissal of Mai Ahmad Fatty by the Gambian government for reasons undisclosed.

Experience

Before his appointment, Drammeh had over 30 years experience working for a variety of national and international bodies, including the Gambia Tourism Authority from 2001 to 2005, where he was the Director General, and Slok Air between September 2007 to August 2008.

He has also lectured at the University of The Gambia and was the managing director of Gambia Transport Service Company.

Drammeh holds a Master of Business Administration in corporate strategy and industrial policy. He also possesses a Bachelor of Science in education and geography.

About Glen Munro

Glen Munro has worked as a journalist for a wide variety of trade and consumer titles, including the Daily Express, the Independent and the Evening Standard. Topics he has covered during his career include business issues, personal finance, travel and African and Caribbean affairs.

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