VP Touray reiterates govt’s commitment to security sector reform

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

Dr. Isatou Touray, Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia has reaffirmed President Adama Barrow’s commitment to the Security Sector Reform (SSR), saying for the first time the country has a National Security Strategy (NSS) and a Security Sector Reform Strategy (SSRS) under President Barrow. 

“These are all efforts to show that the government of President Barrow is committed to Security Sector Reform (SSR),” she said.

VP Touray was speaking on Monday during the launch of an Immigration Project which is aimed at strengthening the efficiency and accountability of the Gambia Immigration Department (GID).

The launch ceremony was held at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre and it was funded by the Swiss Government and implemented by Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF).

VP Touray said: “In the aftermath of the Gambia’s December 2016 presidential  election  and  assumption  of the  presidency by Adama  Barrow,  there  was  a clear  need  for  a new people-centered national security policy to address the Gambia’s  glaring  security  deficit.” 

“There was a  rising popular expectation for a  streamlined, cohesive, participatory, civilian-controlled and transparent National Security  Policy (NSP), for the  “New Gambia,” predicated  on  human-security  and  this  became  a  reality under  Barrow’s  government,” she also said.

According to her, for the  first  time in  the history  of the Gambia since independence  in 1965, there is an NSP which  spells  out  key  roles, responsibilities,  and mandates  of vital  security  institutions, organs,  agencies, and personnel in order to  reconfigure the security sector to meet evolving national state and human-security needs, challenges, risks and opportunities well into the  next decade of  the twenty-first century.

“The Gambia’s new NSP will avail itself to periodic review and evaluation to reflect changing national, regional and global dynamics resulting in institutionalized checks and balances to strengthen various security service responsiveness,” she went on.

“There  has  been  some  tremendous  progress  or  successes registered  in the  SSR,  key amongst them are  the  review of the SIS  Act,  GPF  Act,  GAF  Act and very soon the GID  Act,” VP Touray further said.

Seedy Touray, director general of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID), said the GID is in compliance with the SSR process and implementation of the country’s National Development Plans. “We have developed and aligned our ten goals reforms agenda into our five years strategic plan 2019 to 2024 which again encompasses key areas identified by the DECAF,” he added.

Vincenzo Mascioli, director for International Affairs, State Secretariat for Migration of Switzerland, said: “Three principles are essential to our operation: trust, reliability and the spirit of partnership. It is in that sense, Switzerland might be able to support the Gambian path of a young democracy by supporting you in terms of building and developing your instructions,” he added.

AT/COB/DAJ/16/9/21

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