Less than a year into the coveted office, the Vice President of The Gambia, Badara Joof, has died at the age of 65.
According to a tweet by the nation’s President, Adama Barrow, the 11th VP of the nation died after a brief illness
“Fellow #Gambians, it is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing away of my #VicePresident, His Excellency, Badara Alieu Joof. The sad event took place in India after a short illness. May Allah grant him Jannahtul Firdawsi,” President Barrow tweeted.
Recall that before assuming the position of vice president, Joof previously served as Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology from 2017 to 2022.
Joof began his career as a qualified teacher, teaching English at The Gambia College. He was then head of the department of languages and literature at Nusrat High School. He was the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education for many years. In March 2002, it was reported that he had been transferred to the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and Lands.
He worked as the World Bank Liaison Officer to the Gambia. In this role, he assisted higher education minister Mariama Sarr-Ceesay in introducing a new education policy to the Gambia. He also urged the Gambian tourism sector to “move from routine tourism and be more proactive.”
He had led a World Bank project, Support to NGO Network Tango, which had a budget of $220,000 and lasted from 2010 to 2013, the stated purpose of which was “to enhance the efficiency and accountability of non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) in delivering basic services to the poor in the member country.”
In 2013, Joof visited various project sites in the Gambia along with Ministry of Agriculture officials to gain a better
The Gambia is the smallest country within mainland Africa and is surrounded by Senegal, except for its western coast on the Atlantic Ocean.
The nation gained independence from the British in 1965 under the leadership of Dawda Jawara, who ruled until Yahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless 1994 coup.
Jammeh stayed in power until 2016 when he was defeated by Adama Barrow at the elections. Recall that Jammeh initially accepted the results but later refused to leave office, triggering a constitutional crisis and military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that resulted in his removal two days after his term.
Barrow became the Gambia’s third president in January 2017. On 4 December 2021, he was re-elected for a second tenure.
The Nigerian Canadian Newspaper sympathizes with The Gambia over the painful death of Joof.
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