The Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure, Demba A. Jawo today, November 20, 2017 received the director general of the State Intelligence Services (SIS), Ousman Sowe and the senior leadership of the SIS including various department heads.
According to Director General Sowe, the visit comes at the end of their three week nationwide “Meet Everyone’s Tour” to observe and take note of the security environment and concerns of all Gambians. Beyond the Greater Banjul Area, the SIS leadership has since October 31, toured from Barra to Fatoto, in border towns, courtesy calls were extended cross border.
The visit focused on collaboration, coordination, consultation and communication. The SIS boss said the Ministry of Information and Communications Infrastructure is a key partner of SIS in the sharing and dissemination of information and pledged that going forward, SIS will share regularly reports and updates on analysis of the security situation of The Gambia.
Director General Sowe was pleased to announce that The Gambia is currently in a stable state, comparing the nation to a convalescent who needed to be handled with care.
The head of the SIS indicated that they are currently engaged in reforms, restructuring and reorganization of the He reiterated that going forward all SIS actions will be people focused and centered on their main role to provide information and analysis geared towards protecting the citizens of The Gambia. Reiterating his call to the Gambian public to cooperate with the SIS, Director Sowe stated that “national security is everyone’s business” and that the SIS cannot function effectively if communities do not play a vigilant role.
Demba Jawo, the Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure described the courtesy visit and recent activities of the SIS as reassuring. He reminded the leadership that in the past the former NIA was synonymous to fear and expressed appreciation for the new director general’s efforts to sensitize Gambians on the role of the SIS. He also reassured them of MOICI’s cooperation at all times.
A focal point was identified to liaise with MOICI in order to enable the Ministry inform Gambians, in a timely manner on matters of national security concern