The President His Excellency, Adama Barrow and the Hon. Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow on Thursday 6th July, 2023 presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the new Judicial Secretary, Mr. Abdou Conteh. Mr. Conteh took the prescribed Oaths of Office administered by the Secretary to Cabinet.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held at the State House, HE President Adama Barrow congratulated Mr. Conteh on his appointment. He noted that the appointment was due to his wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to the Judiciary of The Gambia. He added that Mr. Conteh’s over three decades of service to the Judiciary is a manifestation to his passion and commitment to the administration of Justice.

The President enjoined the new Judicial Secretary to carry out his duties with due diligence given that it is very critical to ensuring the proper and efficient administration of justice.

His Lordship, the Hon Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow applauded the President for assenting to the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission. The Chief Justice explained that as Judicial Secretary, Mr. Conteh provides immediate assistance to the Chief Justice in the running of the courts and other administrative matters. He outlined the implementation of the 5-year Strategic Plan of the Judiciary as a very critical area for the Judicial Secretary.

Mr Abdou Conteh, having been sworn in thanked the Judicial Service Commission and the President for the appointment. He added:

“Having worked at the Judiciary for over three decades, I am not in an unfamiliar territory. I extend my deepest appreciation to the Chief Justice, the Judicial Service Commission, and my esteemed colleagues within the Judiciary for their unwavering support and confidence over the years. Together, we shall continue to strive to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the judicial process, while promoting transparency, accountability, and the highest standards of professionalism.

In conclusion, I reaffirm my solemn commitment to uphold the tenets of justice, serve the people of The Gambia, and work tirelessly to strengthen the Judiciary's independence and credibility. Together, let us forge a future where justice prevails, and the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.”