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Momodou Posted - 18 Jan 2023 : 10:50:16
Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi raziown

Fellow Gambians, it is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing away of Vice “President, His Excellency, Badara Alieu Joof today. The sad event took place in India after a short illness. May Allah grant him Jannahtul Firdawsi.”
HE President Barrow.
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Momodou Posted - 20 Jan 2023 : 14:22:30
Press Release Dated: 20th January, 2023

Update on the Funeral Arrangements for Late Vice President Badara Alieu Joof

Banjul, The Gambia — The Gambia Government wishes to update the public that State Funeral arrangements for the late Vice President (VP), Badara Alieu Joof are progressing accordingly.

The body of the late VP is expected at the Banjul International Airport (BIA) Saturday evening, 21st January, 2023 to be received by The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), who will escort it to the mortuary at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul. There will be a vigil at the mortuary until Monday morning, when the corpse will be moved to the National Assembly (NA) to lay in state for mourners to pay their last respects.

His Excellency President Adama Barrow is expected at the National Assembly by 9:30am GMT for the official eulogies. Therefore, invited guests and members of the media are requested to be seated at the National Assembly grounds by 8:30am.

Subsequently, the casket will be transported to the Banjulinding Mosque for the Islamic “Fidaw” prayers before final internment at the local cemetery where the late Vice President, His Excellency Badara Alieu Joof will be laid to rest next to his mother’s grave.

The Gambia Police Force will provide additional security throughout the funeral process including the regulation of vehicular traffic and management of congregation at the late VP’s residence.

May the Almighty Allah continue to reward former VP Badara Alieu Joof for his impressive legacy and good deeds in positively touching and impacting lives within and outside The Gambia.

Ebrima G. Sankareh
The Gambia Government Spokesperson & Presidential Diaspora Adviser
Momodou Posted - 18 Jan 2023 : 21:58:50
Press Release Dated: 18th January, 2023

The Gambia Government Clarifies 7-Day National Mourning For Late Vice President Badara Alieu Joof

Banjul, The Gambia — Following the declaration of a 7-day national mourning by His Excellency, President Adama Barrow on the passing of Vice President (VP) Badara Alieu Joof, the public is hereby informed that the week-long mourning should not be misconstrued as public holiday or absenteeism from work.

The 7-day mourning effective today, 18th January, 2023 entails flying the Gambian flag at half mast, signing of a book of condolences at the Presidency and praying to the Almighty Allah to have mercy on the soul of the former Vice President. All public institutions and schools remain open.

Therefore, all public and civil servants are to report to their respective duty posts.

Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu
Deputy Government Spokesperson
Momodou Posted - 18 Jan 2023 : 13:59:51
Press Release Dated: 18th January, 2023

The Gambia Government Mourns Vice President, Alieu Badara Joof

Banjul, The Gambia — His Excellency President Adama Barrow regrets to announce with profound shock and sadness, the death of his Vice President (VP) Alieu Badara Joof, which sad event occurred in New Delhi, India early this morning (12:41 pm Indian time).

On behalf of the First Family, the Government and people of The Republic of The Gambia, President Barrow expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late VP Joof, the Gambian nation and residents of The Gambia.

Until his appointment as VP on 4th May 2022, VP Joof had served in various capacities including Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MOHERST), Permanent Secretary in various ministries across the Government. He had also served as World Bank Director for West and Central Africa for over a decade a position he would relinquish to take up Cabinet appointment in the new political dispensation.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Joof, 66, had trained as a Qualified Teacher and taught for years at Nusrat High School in Bundung, The Gambia College in Brikama and The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI).

A scholar of profound intellect, late VP Joof took a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Bristol, Master’s Degree in English from University of London and Master’s Degree in Developmental Economics from the University of Bath. He had earlier received a Diploma in Human Rights Studies from the University of Saint Edwards Island, Canada.

He was married to Mrs. Fatou Sonko Joof and the family is blessed with several children.

President Barrow, who is profoundly shocked by the death of Mr. Joof, remembers his Vice President as a very serious, level-headed, patriotic, dedicated, competent and honest Gambian who spent his entire lifetime trying to improve the lot of mankind.

He prays to the Almighty Allah that VP Joof is rewarded in the Hereafter for all his kind deeds, his work in improving the lot of Gambians, service to the nation as school teacher and for everything he did for the consolidation of our newly-found democratic dispensation.

In memory of the late VP Joof, President Barrow has declared a 7-day National Mourning effective today, 18th January, 2023 with all flags flying half Mast.

Upon arrival, the body of the late VP will be laid in State at the National Assembly for a State Funeral. Arrangements related to the funeral will be announced later.

Meanwhile, book of condolences will be opened at the Presidency on Thursday 19th January, 2023.

Ebrima G. Sankareh
The Gambia Government Spokesperson & Presidential Diaspora Adviser

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