Revelation: Free Allocation of Lands To Cabinet Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and…

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A mismanagement noticed during Jammeh regime burst into Gambia. Three officials malpractices have been noticed after a deep investigation.

The attached memo dated 29th November 2015, from the former Minster of Lands and Regional Government to the Managing Director SSHFC speaks volumes about the land fraud that existed between Social Security Housing and Finance Corporation and the former Minister of Lands , Mr. Aki Bayo, who illegally authorized the free allocation of plots located at Brusibi to Cabinet Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Public Institutions including some private individuals based on what was described in the memo as “courtesy from the Hon. Minister.” There is no indication of an executive directive or approval from the ex-president.

The free allocation had cost the corporation over D57 million. These plots are located in a premium area not far from Brufut Heights and some had already sold their plots for a huge amount of money close to D1 million. Both legal and processing fees were done free of charge which usually cost the corporation about D30, 000 per plot.

The DG of Customs and his second wife, Mrs. Rohey Bittaye are included. Also, the Auditor General who is supposed to monitor and report on such massive fraud is also a beneficiary in this land deal. Both the former Minister of Lands and the MD of SSHFC should be made accountable for the massive abuse of pensioners’ funds. If those working for GAMWORKS cannot afford their own homes I wonder why poor teachers in the civil service have not been accorded the same opportunity.

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