The Managing Director of The Gambia International Airlines (GIA), Bakary Nyassi, has tendered his resignation to the GIA board Monday afternoon. Nyassi’s resignation came few days after he left the country for Canada to join his family.
Sources say Nyassi left the country over the weekend after some senior officials of government institutions and parastatals were invited for questioning at The Kairaba Police Station as a result of ThePAC/PEC report delivered to dictator Jammeh. The report sources added, has a lot of financial discrepancies which is said to have angered Jammeh. Some of the arrests though are linked to loans taken by senior government officials from their various offices.
It would be recalled that dictator Jammeh earlier this year at the State Opening of the National Assembly, commended the Speaker of the National Assembly and members of PAC/PEC committee for a great job. Dictator Jammeh said the committee has engaged all government institutions to present their financial reports, and said their recommendations will be taken seriously and assured them of his government’s support.
Bakary Nyassi was in 2014 arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on trumped up charges before Magistrate Dawda Jallow. The charges ranged from economic crimes, theft, abuse of office, to neglect of official duty. He was also detained at The Brusubi Police Station for a few months before charges were preferred against him. Whilst his trial was ongoing, he was reinstated back to his position at The GIA.
Nyassi, another victim of The Jammeh regime, is said to be a very hardworking family man who knows his job very well. An insider at his office said he will be missed dearly by the staff.
Just few weeks ago, twenty seven government officials were detained at The National Intelligence Agency on the orders of dictator Jammeh, shortly before that five other senior officials from The Gambia International Airlines and The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority were also detained. They were released after two months on self bail.