(JollofNews) -President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has sacked the country’s minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr. Aboubacar Senghore.
Dr Senghore, 48, was sent packing from his office on Monday afternoon. No reasons were given for his re
moval, but a statement from the President’s Office said it was in accordance with the provisions of the country’s constitution.
Fatou Lamin Faye, Minister of Basic and Secondary Education has been tasked to oversee Dr Senghore’s position while the Higher Education ministry has been placed under the purview of the Office of the President.
A PhD holder in International Human Rights Law, Dr Senghore, first joined the Mr Jammeh’s cabinet in November 2013 when he was named minister of Foreign Affairs. He was later moved during a cabinet reshuffle to the Ministry of Higher Education.
Prior to his ministerial appointment, Dr Senghore was Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of the Gambia, where he worked as a senior lecturer in law, governance and international politics.
He also served as legal and research officer and head of the Legal and Research Department of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies in Banjul, from August 1999 – December 2002.
A native of Fass Njaga Choi in the North Bank Region, Dr Senghore also served as a former lecturer in comparative law at the Department of Islamic Law, Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences of the International Islamic University, Malaysia.