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Posted - 17 Jan 2022 :  22:05:13  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
By Sulayman Ben Suwareh

Government in the process to burying the Gampetroleum and Oil Marketing Company Corruptions Scandal!

Please read the message below send from an insider, I am sharing the message as received.

So at the moment they do not know what they doing at the moment now the board of directors of Gampetroleum will try to invite Gassama and Drammeh for a disciplinary hearing l, why don’t they just do this in the beginning before going to the police, we have 3 camps in the Gampetroleum saga….the minister of trade and his business elites, the executive and the board who is way trying to save their jobs….what is happening you have investigated the boys for 3 months this are assets of this country they control the sea which has all the fuel business in this country!
End of message!

I reported from the begging that the scandal will be bury after the elections of Barrow was re-elected, by reading this message it indicates that the process is still going and the government isn’t interested in accountability as the entire system is complicit in corruptions scandal.

Abubacarr Jawara did start a legal action to recovery money he claimed to be owe to him and the accuse Kadijatou Kebbeh has fired back with counter claims. We will be watching what that case will reveal, if it ever proceeds in the courts.

Gambia will continue to lose out in tune of millions of dollars or billions of Dalasis from the sector alone until it collapsed and we completely be dependant from Senegalese imports, which we are using at the moment as a emergency stop gap.

Why are they getting away with this huge corruptions scandal? Where is the press? Where are the opposition and civil society organisation? Do we only care about elections and gossip politics?

Where is the government task force that was constituted to investigate the scandal?

Who is paying for the compensation to petroleum importers and marketer?

How much is it in economic lost and lost of tax revenue due to the duty waver on the imported stock from Senegal?

Can the government task force lead by the trade minister give us update on the saga? Which media house or politician is going to take up the task in seeking for accountability?

A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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Posted - 23 Jan 2022 :  15:19:28  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote

By Ebrima G Sankareh
The Gambia Government Spokesperson

Banjul, The Gambia

Following a painful nationwide gasoline shortage during the week of 31st October, 2021, President Adama Barrow immediately instituted a Taskforce to investigate its causes and recommend measures to avoid future reoccurrences.

The Presidential Taskforce chaired by Trade & Employment Minister, Honourable Seedy Keita drew membership from the State Intelligence Service (SIS); Permanent Secretaries of Trade and Ministry of Petroleum (MOPE); Director General of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA); Managing Directors of The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) and The Gambia National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

After intense and comprehensive investigations, the Taskforce presented its preliminary report to President Barrow on Wednesday 9th January, 2021 at a session attended by the Vice President, a cross section of Cabinet and members of the Security Services.

Contrary to the reports and figures presented by Gam Petroleum(GP), The Taskforce found massive coverups and blatant disregard for established procedures.

Significantly, the Taskforce found four out that of the five gasoline tanks at the Gam Petroleum Depot in Mandinary were totally empty. The fifth tank, in fact, contained only 50,000 litresconsisting of a mixture of gas oil and water. The stock of petrol as of 1st November, 2021 was 910 metric tonnes and that of JET Fuel was 4,209 metric tonnes.

Stocks entrusted to the National Depot by International Traders (Addax, Trafigura and PSTV) and local Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) were equally missing. The total volume of products missing was 10,753 metric tonnes of petrol and 20,245 metric tonnes of gas oil with a cumulative value of approximately USD20, 968,100.

The Taskforce found that the missing stocks were issued without any legitimate authorization and the value of the unaccounted stock at pump price (including duties and taxes) was USD31, 265,972. The projected tax and duties throughput attached to these stock values is approximately USD10,297,872, which needed to be ascertained if paid or not. The investigations revealed that the Management of Gam Petroleum illegally allowed some OMCs to take fuel without proper authorization.

Moreover, the Taskforce also discovered weak oversight of the Depot operations and poor compliance with the regulatory framework of the Petroleum Products Act of 2016.

In a crass disregard for supervisory instructions, the Management of Gam Petroleum provided fraudulent, dodgy and terribly misleading information and was equally, not forthcoming with reliable facts during the review by the Presidential Taskforce.

Consequently, the Taskforce recommends that PURA’s Management strengthens its regulatory oversight functions over GP and ensure that the National Strategic Reserve mechanism as stipulated in Section 25 of the Petroleum Products Act, 2016, be fully enforced.

In addition to PURA, the State Intelligence Service (SIS) and the Weights and Measures Department of the Trade Ministry should deploy staff at the Depot until the situation is adequately normalized.

The restructuring of Gam Petroleum should include the constitution of a new Board of Directors, immediate appointment of an interim management, rustication of the current management with subsequent legal processing for wrongdoings, formation of an Audit Committee, implementation of appropriate modern software for stock management and prosecution of all persons and entities directly and indirectly responsible for the stock theft and national gasoline shortage. Lost stock must be legally recovered.

Crucially, The Presidential Taskforce recommends that the current practice of elevating the Second Layer of Management to oversee the operations of Gam Petroleum and the Depot be immediately halted as it is inconsistent with standards of best practice and a recipe for unabated malpractice and or corporate fraud.

Further, the National Audit Office (NAO) should review the audit reports by PKF to ascertain the position of GP at the time of the takeover from Euro Africa Group. This NAO exercise should be followed by forensic audit of Gam Petroleum by an independent firm to determine the full extent of the losses including any taxes that may be due to the State.

Accordingly, H.E. President Adama Barrow strongly assures Gambians and partners of his Government’s unwavering commitment to rooting out corruption and ensuring that fair and transparent business practices are upheld with equal opportunities for all in the country.


Ebrima G Sankareh

The Gambia Government

A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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Posted - 23 Jan 2022 :  17:35:21  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What kind of press release is this?
By Madi Jobarteh

Seriously, this document attached here is not the kind of press release required on this matter at this stage. This document is just a news item as it is just giving an information.

What we really need to hear is what is the decision or actions of Pres. Barrow after the report was presented to him. In other words, has Pres. Barrow accepted the recommendations or not? If he had accepted the recommendations, then when is the implementation taking place? This is what we need to hear, and not what was in the report.

The report was submitted on January 9. Why was this so-called press release not issued at that time? Thus, to wait for 2 weeks only to tell us what was in the report is not the way. Today, January 23, which is a non-official working day in fact, why tell us what was presented 2 weeks ago?

Since January 9, what has been happening? We didn’t see any arrests, prosecutions, or change of board or management take place? Practically none of the measures recommended by the Taskforce was implemented since January 9.

We do know however that since November 2021, GamPetroleum officials were arrested, detained and charged? How does that fit with this press release?

Therefore, what then is the value of this so-called press release today, January 23?

Now, can the Spokesman tell us if the President has accepted all the recommendations and when is implementation going to start? This is what citizens need to know.

Meantime, let the Spokesperson use simply, understandable and everyday English language in his so-called press releases!!!

What the hell is ‘rustication’? Can’t he just say, ‘suspend’ or ‘expel’? In that case, is the recommendation to suspend or expel the management? Sankareh, please clarify!

For The Gambia Our Homeland

By Madi Jobarteh
Getting to see that in fact the so-called press release said the Taskforce’s report was presented to the President on 9 January 2021.

9 January 2021 - This means the alleged crime was not even committed yet!!! This case first emerged in November 2021, that is 11 months later!!!!

What a messy press release indeed!

A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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Posted - 11 May 2022 :  14:03:12  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
State witness says Gam-petroleum lost half of its revenue
The Point: May 11, 2022
By: Adama Time & Ali Jaw

The first prosecution witness in the alleged Gam-Petroleum corruption scandal and alleged missing US$20 million said on Tuesday that the liquidation that occurred as a result of the scandal led to a loss of over 50% of revenue; millions of dalasis and hard currencies, by Gam-Petroleum.
Testifying before Justice Haddy C. Roche at the High Court in Banjul, the witness, Amadou Keita, senior finance manager, also said that this has soiled the reputation of the country to some of their Malian customers, who weren't provided with stock after spending some time at the Gam-Petroleum depot.

The defendants in the case are former director of Gambia Petroleum Storage Facility Depot at Mandinary, Saihou Drammeh, and former Operations manager, Lamin Gassama.

The duo is currently facing three charges of economic crime and five other counts of corruption allegations at the High Court.

The two former Gampetroleum officials are alleged to involved in corruption malpractices leading to missing US$20 million at the depot at Lamin Mandinary.

During their maiden court appearance at the High Court on Wednesday, Lawyer M.D. Mballow represented the State, while lawyers B. S. Conteh, and S. Akimbo represented the 1st accused (Saihou Drammeh), and 2nd accused (Lamin Gassama) respectively in the hearing.

On particulars, count 1 alleged that Saihou Drammeh and Lamin Gassama conspired to commit economic crimes, contrary to section 368 of the Criminal Code. Cap 10:01 vol. iii Laws of The Gambia 2009 but they both pleaded not guilty on the counts.

Additionally, the particulars of the offence pointed out that between January 2021 and October 2021 at the depot, the accused acted together with a common purpose to commit felony and caused economic loss to The Gambia through an unauthorised disposal of petroleum products of international traders.

The duo on count two is alleged of stealing by clerk or servant, contrary to Section 245 (1) of the Criminal Code, and punishable under Section 258 of the Criminal Code. Cap 10:01, Vol. iii Laws of The Gambia 2009.

However, the particulars of the offence said that Mr. Drammeh, on or about the 16 September 2021 as general manager of the depot, stole US$235, 032.00 paid by GACH Global for the supply of petroleum product, the property of International traders in trust of Gambia Petroleum Storage Facility Ltd; thereby committing an offence.

Count three accused the directors and officials of corporations or companies of fraudulently appropriating property, or keeping fraudulent accounts, contrary to section 301 (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap 10:01 vol. iii Laws of The Gambia 2009.

The particulars of the offence further stated that the 1st and 2nd accused, sometime between January 2021 and October 2021, fraudulently appropriated 5,919. 60 metric tons of Gasoil, valued at USD 4,695,189.94

The particulars continued that they stored at the depot 721.90 Metric tons of Gasoil, valued at USD 692, 323.76, being the property of ADDAX ENERGY SA, an International Oil Trader, in trust for Gambia Petroleum Storage Facility Ltd.

It further stated that the accused acted with intent to defraud, omitted to make a full and true entry thereof in the books and accounts of the Gambia Petroleum Storage Facility depot; thereby committed an offence.

Count 4 alleged that directors and officers of corporations or companies fraudulently appropriating property, or keeping fraudulent accounts, contrary to section 301(a) of the Criminal Code, Cap 10:01 Vol. Ill Laws of The Gambia 2009.

The particulars of the offence further said Drammeh, and Gassama, sometime between January 2021 and October 2021, at the depot fraudulently appropriated 6250.813 metric tons of Gasoil, and 5180.843 metric tons of Gasoline, valued at US$9, 930, 021, 86.

However, on Thursday, day two of the trial, the state lawyer, M. D. Mballow filed a counter affidavit before the court for the accused persons to remain in custody pending the determination of the case.

He said both the 1st accused person (Saihou Drammeh) and the 2nd accused person (Lamin Gassama) do not have strong family background in The Gambia and can easily jump bail, if granted.

In his submission, Lawyer S. Akimbo for the accused persons said the children and wives of the accused persons are not in The Gambia, but their brothers, sisters, uncles, fathers and mothers are in the country.

Justice Haddy C. Roche, ruling on the application for the court to grant the accused persons bail, pending the determination of the case said the there is no evidence that the accused persons have either attempted to interfere with witnesses or jump bail during the six months on police bail.

Justice Roche ordered that each of the accused persons be admitted to bail upon providing security in the sum of US US$10, 000, 000 with two Gambian sureties each in like sum of US$10, 000, 000.

She further ordered that each of the accused persons and sureties must deposit with the court, the original title deeds to their property confirmed to be valued in like sum of US $10, 000, 000.

The case resumes today for cross-examination of state witness.

A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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