The Approved National Budget

By Kebba AF Touray

After a daylong intensive debate of deputies at the National Assembly  on the revised budget estimates Bill, a national budget of D12.1billion was approved by the country’s lawmakers on Thursday, 6th  July 7 2017. All the sectors of the country have been accommodated and allocated in order for them to effectively carry out their national development endeavors. After giving their final approval, this is how the national cake was apportioned:

1 The office of the president D731, 653,501.00

2 The National Assembly D94, 397,999.00.00

3 The Judiciary D62, 275,000.00

4 The Independent Electoral Commission D45, 302, 237.00

5 The Public Service Commission D6, 457,101.00

6The National Audit Office D97, 646,818.00

7 The Ministry of Defense D516, 788,107.00

8 The Ministry of Interior D557, 659,347.00

9 The Ministry of Tourism and Culture D22, 560,000.00.00

10 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs D678, 980,007.00

11 The Ministry of Justice D59, 558,364.00

12 The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs D644, 966, 264.00

13 Pensions and Gratuties D130, 000,000.00

14 The Office of the Ombudsman D17, 106,399.00

15 The Centralized Services D258, 000,000.00

16 The Ministry of Local and Regional Government D59, 240,611.00

17 The Ministry of Agriculture D275, 867,580.00

18 The Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure D386, 448,496.00

19 Ministry of Trade Industries, Regional Integration and Employment D89, 853, 040.00

20 Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education D1, 659,126,109.00

21 The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare D794, 866,909.00

22 The of Youths and Sports D58, 521,738.00

23 Ministry of Environment Climate Change Water Resources and Wildlife D189, 974,807.00

24 The Ministry of Information, Communication and Infrastructure D16, 625,711.00

25 The Ministry of Fisheries D14, 700,000.00

26 The Ministry of High Education Research Science and Technology D237, 504,649.00

27 The Ministry of Energy D19, 978,394.00

28 The Ministry of Petroleum D10, 550, 842.00

Fifty (50) representing national debt services four Billion, three hundred sixty- three million, Nine hundred eighty- two Thousand (D4, 363,982,000.00)

Total of D12, 100, 502, 000, 030.00 has been shared among national institutions with the objective of providing services to the Gambia from the 1st of January 2017 to 31st of December 2017.