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I am a civil engineer and a programme/project management specialist, with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University respectively, in the United States. I have also undertaken during the course of my career various professional training in the fields of project management, procurement, alternative energy technologies, and the administration and accounting of public assets.

My professional experience started with working for Government of The Gambia (GOTG) in various projects and departments, rising by 1986 to the level of Assistant Director in the Department of Water Resources. Between 1987 and 1993, I worked mainly in the private sector, including with an international consulting firm, Poul Kjaegaard & Partners of Denmark, on various projects on buildings and infrastructure.

In 1993, I was appointed Director General of GAMWORKS Agency by GOTG and World Bank to pioneer a development agency, tasked to expeditiously deliver public infrastructure works, to create employment, and to assist in the building of local capacity in the construction industry. The Agency worked mainly with local consultants and contractors to deliver over 300 projects, within a span of 8 years. I was named Man of the Year in 1998 because of the effective and transparent operations of the Agency.

In 2002, I joined the UN sponsored international Special Court of Sierra Leone (SCSL), as Chief of Facilities Management, overseeing the planning, the design, the construction, the operations, and the maintenance of the SCSL facilities and infrastructure, comprising new landmark Courthouse complex, staff offices, victims’ residences, witness safe houses, and a prison complex. After the completion of the SCSL facilities in June 2005, I joined the UN peacekeeping mission, MINURSO, in Laayoune, Western Sahara, as Chief Engineer, responsible for the operations and maintenance of the mission facilities and infrastructure.  I worked for the mission for two years, up to 2007.

Between 2007 and 2013, I was the Building Management Officer in UN Headquarters in New York, under Plant and Engineering Section of the Department of Management, in charge of all United Nations facilities in New York and Long Island, comprising over 3 million square feet of working environment for over 8,000 staff and 800 conferences per month. I was overseeing 3 main engineering units and 11 trades’ workshops, responsible for the operations and maintenance of UN headquarter facilities and projects, including outsourced contracts for related works and services.

In March 2013, I was assigned on temporary duty (TDY) to assist in the largest UN peacekeeping mission at the time in Sudan, Darfur, UNAMID.  I was designated as Regional Engineer, and located in El Daein. I was soon re-located to El Fasher to be the mission’s Focal Point, entrusted to locate, to value, and to record all the mission’s assets, including buildings and infrastructure worth over $300 million.

I retired from the UN in July 2014, but between April 2015 and April 2016, I was re-engaged in yet another largest peacekeeping mission at the time, MINUSCA, in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), as Programme Management Officer, Service Delivery/Engineering Section. I was responsible, among other things, for the accounting of the mission’s assets in Bangui and the regions of CAR. I also prepared the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for the administration of the mission’s buildings and infrastructure assets and leased properties. I conducted studies on the management of water supply and waste for all the mission operations in the capital and in the regions. I completed my mission in MINUSCA in April 2016 and returned to The Gambia.

 

On 22 February 2017, I was appointed as Minister of Transport, Works & Infrastructure by President Adama Barrow of the Republic of The Gambia.

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