Njie(JollofNews) – A former Gambian minister who held various senior positions in the previous regime of Yahya Jammeh has been named managing director of the Gambia National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)

Mambury Njie  55, will be responsible for overseeing  the provision of relevant quality service for government, private companies and the general public in the petroleum sector as well as creating a benchmark for the downstream petroleum business.

An economist and international affairs specialist with over two decades of experience in country economics, international appraisal and public sector administration and management, Mr Njie joined President Yahya Jammeh’s cabinet in July 2010 when he was named minister of Economic Planning and Industrial Development.

From February 2011, he was named minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, a position he held until in April 2012 when he was appointed minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.

In August that same year, he was appointed minister of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, but was sacked one week later after allegedly opposing the execution of death row prisoners in the country in 2012.

Since his sacking, Mr Njie has been in an out of detention. In December 2012, he was charged with ‘recklessly and intentionally’ committing undisclosed acts between 2006 and 2010 that are detrimental to the economy of the Gambia. He later spent many weeks at the remand wing of the Mile Two Prisons in Banjul after he was unable to meet a D15m bail bond.

In February 2014, he was rearrested and charged with economic crimes but was acquitted and discharged by the high court in Banjul.