By Binta Senghore
The minister of the recently created ministry of communication and digital economy, has applauded what he described as historic following a convergence that sought to build capacity.
Ousman Bah made these remarks during a workshop on ICT program and project implementation organized by his ministry.
“This is the first time in the history of the Gambia that my ministry has organized such a workshop” said Bah.
Speaking at the event The Gambia Immigration Department representative Musa G Sanyang spoke about the on-going ICT program they implemented in their department; MIDAS project, Securiport project and Biometric Passport
According to Sanyang the biometric passport was introduced to minimise criminal activities in the country.
Sanyang further elaborated on the lack of staff in most of their departments, which according to him has contributed immensely in delaying their work. He said that capacity building training was needed in their department.
Sanna K. Baldeh representative from The Gambia police forces said the mobile traffic police should be provided with a mobile phone to communicate and perform their duties accordingly.
“Furthermore the police patrol team are doing extremely well in reducing the number of the crime rate in the country e.g. like the Dalaba estate incident.
Notwithstanding the ICT program is geared towards strengthening the regional cyber capacity and a resilience nation,” said Baldeh
Baldeh disclosed that they have implemented a Human Resources management system which will help them to know the number of employees that should retire in a year.
In response, Minister Bah said: “I am delighted to hear that all the departments are talking about the implementation of ICT program and the work they are doing, this is just the beginning of what my office will deliver,” said Hon Ousman Bah
Minister Bah also disclosed that The Gambia would start using digital software in all the departments before the end of 2023.