By Adama Tine
The Gambian media is mourning the demise of two of its colleagues, Pa Modou Faal, Musa Ndow and one Kawsu Bayo, a staff of the Ministry of Health, who passed away Monday morning in a car crash. The fatal accident, which occurred in Jiffin village in the Lower River Region, claimed the lives of the three.
Pa Modou Fall and Musa Ndow were both staff of the now defunct Daily Observer newspaper, which was shut down in 2017 on charges of tax evasion.
In an interview with The Point newspaper co-publisher Pape Saine, he said “Pa Modou Faal, was a great contributor to the development of the media in The Gambia by covering sports and health related matters.”
According to him, he worked with him for nine years and within those years, he showed utmost commitment and dedication to the profession.
He added that Pa Modou Faal was a great personality who had a very good public relation with the people which gained him lots of friends all over the country. “He was a pious man with so much respect for people especially for the elderly which is very rare to the younger generation.”
The media fraternity, he added, will always remember him and likewise Musa Ndow, a young and vibrant journalist who had so much passion for the job. “The loss aof the two is a big blow to the media fraternity. May their souls rest in perfect peace.”
Former Minister of Information, Demba .A. Jawo said: “I was quite shocked when I heard the sudden death of Pa Modou Faal and his colleague Musa Ndow in a car accident.”
“Pa Modou, in particular was such a polite young man who was a friend to everyone. I was personally very close to him since the time he was a young reporter. He had always consulted with me and sought my advice on a number of things he intended to undertake,” he noted.
“I remember at one time when he felt threatened by the former regime, he came to stay with me in Dakar for a while until he was comfortable to return to The Gambia,” he revealed.
“I wish to extend my condolences to his family and friends as well as The Gambia Press Union in which he was quite active. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”
Aisha Davies, director of Information Service expressed her pain over the loss of the two saying that “I’m shocked. We were together at our staff picnic last Saturday 14 January.”
“Pa Modou exuded respect, humility, kindness and humanity. He was among the first corps of Information Officers appointed by the department and was posted at the Ministry of Health.
“He was hard working and made great contributions in the advancement of the department. He will be greatly missed and everyone at the department is saddened by his death.”
The party leader of the Citizens Alliance, Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, tweeted that: “the shocking news of the death of journalists Pa Modou Faal and Musa Ndow, and health worker Kawsu Bayo in a car crash is devastating.
“This is irreparable loss to their families & the nation. May Allah grant them Jannah & give their families the heart to bear this tragic loss.”