President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has appointed Ousman Jobe as secretary to the country’s Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).
Mr. Jobe’s appointment was confirmed on July 1st following consultation with the country’s Attorney General. He was sworn in on Thursday at State House by President Adama Barrow.
A Development Studies and Management Specialist, Mr Jobe will head the Secretariat of the Commission and will arrange and facilitate the business of the Commission in relation to matters regarding the work of the Commission.
He brings to the Commission a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of governance systems and human rights instruments in Africa. He served as the Executive Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Governance (CeSDAG) and was until recently the Programme Quality and Learning Manager for the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Jobe also served as the Director of the African Competition Forum (ACF), a network of 30 Competition Authorities funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom.
Prior to becoming the Director of the ACF, Mr. Jobe was a senior Civil Society advocate in The Gambia, heading the Pro-Poor Advocacy Group (Pro-PAG), a network of Civil Society Organisations specialising in budget work and budget accountability for good governance. In that role, he was also an adviser to the National Assembly of The Gambia, sitting at the Public Accounts and Public Enterprise Committees.
Mr. Jobe will work closely with the eleven members of the Constitutional Review Commission who were sworn into office on Monday 4th June at State House by His Excellency President Adama Barrow. The members of the Commission are drawn from different professional backgrounds and experiences.
The Commission has the responsibility to review the 1997 Constitution, seek the opinions of the Gambian public through consultations, prepare a report and draft a new Constitution that will stand the test of time.
Since its inauguration, the CRC has been busy working inter alia on the establishment of the Secretariat, development of a work plan for the CRC, mapping out strategies for Communication and Media Engagement, Public Relations and Public Consultations, as well as other relevant aspects that will enrich the process to make it inclusive for all strata of the Gambian society.