By Abdoulie Nget
The Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia on Wednesday in a meeting at their secretariat at The Daily News offices removed Sang Mendy of City Limit radio as secretary general of the association and replaced him with his immediate assistant Abdoulie Bah of West Coast Radio.
It was said during the meeting that Sang Mendy has not been actively executing his duties as secretary general. He was alleged of not turning up for general meetings and failed to pay monthly dues for seven to eight months, prompting the executive and the members present to remove him from the position of Secretary General.
The said meeting which was witnessed by the president of the association Sainabou Kujabi Njie, the first vice president Amadou Wuyeh Manga, treasurer Ebrima Bah and some of its members elevated Abdoulie Bah as the new secretary general of the association and fill in Baboucarr Camara in the position of Assistant Secretary General.
It was also said during the meeting that a warning letter signed by the president Mrs. Kujabi Njie was addressed to Sang, but he failed to respond.
Sang Mendy, who was not present at the meeting said he was not aware of the removal, noting that until he receives his removal letter, he sees himself as the secretary General of the Gambia Sports Journalists Association.
The decision was taken on Sunday 6th January 2012 but Sang said he is yet to be notified, adding that he cannot comment on the issue due to the fact that he is not formally written to by the association.
Meanwhile, the newly nominated assistant Secretary General Baboucarr Camara welcomed his appointment.
“I am honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to work as an executive member of this noble association. This has gone to show that they have trust in me and like what I am doing. I hope that I will live up to their exceptions,” Said Camara.
He went further to say even though he is yet to get an official confirmation from the association, he has been informed about the development.
Camara, the defeated vice-presidential candidate during the association’s last congress, said he welcomed the opportunity to work with the executive led by President Sainabou Kujabi-Njie. He describes it as an opportunity that he couldn’t say no to.
“I would like to call on all the sports journalists in the country to come together under one umbrella and work for the interest of our nation. Only through unity that we will succeed in our endeavors,” Said Camara.