Ten Facts About Gambia’s Deceased Vice President Joof

Body of Late Gambian Vice-President to Return Home (News Central TV)

Vice-President Badara Alieu Joof of the Gambia passed away on Tuesday in India due to sickness, according to President Adama Barrow.

Adama Barrow

Joof passed away “after a short illness,” Barrow wrote on Twitter, without going into any detail.

In 2022, Joof, 65, was named vice president of the nation in West Africa. He had previously been the minister of education.

About three weeks ago, the vice president traveled to the Gambia to receive medical attention.

1.Joof was a Gambian politician and civil servant, who served as Vice President of The Gambia from 2022 until his death.

2.He previously served as Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology from 2017 to 2022.

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3.Joof was a student at Armitage High School and trained as a teacher himself at Yundum Teachers’ College.

4.He held a bachelor of education degree from the University of Bristol, a master’s degree in English literature from the University of London, and a master’s degree in development economics from the University of Bath.

5.Joof began his career as a qualified teacher, teaching English at The Gambia College. He was then head of the department of languages and literature at Nusrat High School.

6.He was the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education for many years.

7.In March 2002, it was reported that he had been transferred to the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and Lands.

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8.Joof worked as the World Bank Liaison Officer to the Gambia. In this role, he assisted higher education minister Mariama Sarr-Ceesay in introducing a new education policy to the Gambia.

9.He had led a World Bank project, Support to NGO Network Tango, which had a budget of $220,000 and lasted from 2010 to 2013, the stated purpose of which was “to enhance the efficiency and accountability of non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) in delivering basic services to the poor in the member country.

10. In 2013, Joof visited various project sites in the Gambia along with Ministry of Agriculture officials to gain a better understanding of various challenges they faced. In 2014, Joof was appointed an Education Specialist in Dakar, Senegal to the World Bank.

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