The Gambia’s State Televison has announced that dictator, Yahya Jammeh has appointed Jato Sillah as deputy minister of forestry with immediate effect. Jato was first appointed into Jammeh’s cabinet in 2009 as Foresty Minister. After his removal, he served in the Foreign Service for two years after which he was removed and recalled back to Banjul. After four years of absence into Jammeh’s cabinet, Jato Sillah is back again as deputy minister of Forestry.



Jato Sillah was born in Kerewan Nyakoi, in the Wuli West District, Upper River Region on October 28th, 1962.  Minister Sillah attended St Augustine’s High School from 1975 to 1980. He joined the Civil Service in September 1980 as a Forest Guard trainee attached to the Reforestation Unit. He rose through the ranks of Forest Guard, Senior Forest Ranger, Forest Officer, Forest Management Planner, Senior Forestry Officer, until he became the Director of Forestry in the year 2000, the post he held until his new appointment as minister of Forestry and the Environment. The new forestry minister  bagged MSc in Forest Economics and Planning at the Faculty of Forestry in Georg August University, Gottingen, Germany.