Vice-president Isatou Touray today appeared to lean towards defending the sacking of twenty-eight workers of FSQA.
Government began turn of this year on an abysmal footing stirred up by the wrangling at the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA).
Staff of the government institution rebelled against the Zainab Jallow-led administration, demanding improved working conditions but got axed in the process by their management for spreading “false news.”
At least twenty-eight of the workers were wielded the electrical broom before being reinstated but not until Zainab was transferred to a different government sector.
Probing by an independent taskforce body, revealed 15 of the initial 32 complainants were ghost workers aimed at vengeance.
And harping on the now solved crisis before lawmakers this afternoon, VP Isatou took a somewhat defensive posturing.
“They have rights to raise issues, they have rights to issue petitions because those are put in the rules of the association. But also there is a manner and procedure those things are supposed to take place for responses to be done,” 65-year-old, the third deputy of the nation since Barrow took over power in 2017.
Predictably coming under grilling from lawmakers, Touray was questioned over the handling of saga which Banjul’s South’s representative Toumah Njie was an “infringement” on the “democratic” rights of workers in the wake of the “clear” hovering allegations.
Responding Isatou said: “The rights that infringes their right to work were all recognised. We do not have any personal sentiments against those workers. I do not even now them so job security is definitely guaranteed how would they be back. This government is a hallmark of professional ethics and standards.”