His Excellency President Adama Barrow regrets to announce with profound shock and sadness, the death of his Vice President (VP) Alieu Badara Joof which sad event occurred in New Delhi, India early this morning (12:41 pm Indian time).
On behalf of the First Family, the Government and people of The Republic of The Gambia, President Barrow expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late VP Joof, the Gambian nation and residents of The Gambia.
Until his appointment as VP on 4th May 2022, VP Joof had served in various capacities including Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MOHERST), Permanent Secretarv in various ministries across the Government. He had also served as World Bank Director for West and Central Africa for over a decade a position he would relinquish to take up Cabinet appointment in the new political dispensation.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Joof, 66, had trained as a Qualified Teacher and taught for years at Nusrat High School in Bundung, The Gambia College in Brikama and The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI).
A scholar of profound intellect, late VP Joof took a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Bristol, Master's Degree in English from University of London and Master's Degree in Developmental Economics from the University of Bath. He had earlier received a Diploma in Human Richts Studies from the University of Saint Edwards Island, Canada.
He was married to Mrs. Fatou Sonko Joof and the family is blessed with several children.
President Barrow, who is profoundly shocked by the death of Mr. Joof, remembers his Vice President as a very serious, level-headed, patriotic, dedicated, competent and honest Gambian who spent his entire lifetime trying to improve the lot of mankind.
He prays to the Almighty Allah that VP Joof is rewarded in the Hereafter for all his kind deeds, his work in improving the lot of Gambians. service to the nation as school teacher and for evervthing he did for the consolidation of our newly-found democratic dispensation.
In memory of the late VP Joof. President Barrow has declared a 7-day National Mourning effective today, 18 January, 2023 with all flags flying half Mast.
Upon arrival. the bod of the late VP will be laid in State at the National Assembly for a State Funeral. Arrangements related to the funeral will be announced later.
Meanwhile, book of condolences will be opened at the Presidency on Thursday 19th January, 2023.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Office of The President- Republic of the Gambia.