By Muhammad Bah
The APRC National Assembly Member for Lower Saloum Honourable Pa
Malick Ceesay has strongly criticized the National Assembly Service for
not being accountable and effective.‘We are calling on public institutions every time to the National
Assembly to make them accountable to us while we are not,’ said Hon.
Pa Malick Ceesay.
The Member for Lower Saloum made this statement in relation to the
statement made by the National Assembly lead consultant on the
recently concluded strategic plan for the period 2015-2019 at a
National Assembly workshop. The lead consultant noted that the
National Assembly has not implemented some of the most important
things in their past strategic plan which ended in 2014.
The lead consultant revealed that the National Assembly had failed to
make follow ups to institutions that pledged to support the Assembly
in their numerous activities stated in their last plan.
This prompted the Member for Lower Saloum to say that the officials
responsible for implementing the National Assembly Service must be
held accountable for not performing their functions diligently to the
Assembly. “We are calling for people to be held accountable while we
are not holding ourselves accountable,” he remarked.
Hon. Saikou Susso of Kantora recalled all the pledges, one by one,
made by different organizations to support the National Assembly
Service, and remarked that they were not aware whether the money was
received or not.
The Speaker intervened by calling for the clerks’ office to clarify
the issues raised.
Someone from the clerk’s office responded that some of these
institutions fulfilled their promises while others did not. He
explained that the money received was spent on various activities of
the National Assembly notably on committee’s functions.
Hon. Pa Malick Ceesay further said he is not sure that most of the issues stated in the
strategic plan for period 2015-2019 are achievable. He said the risk is
high in many of these strategic activities highlighted because the
Assembly needs to regulate many things internally. “I am telling you
most of these things will not be achieved due to many things which I
know,” he asserted.
Hon. Ceesay argued that some of the constraints noted by the clerk
Dodou Kebbeh are key, such as the Executive arm of government not
adequately supporting the National Assembly and therefore the
resources allocated to them would be small to meet their strategic
goals for the period.
Finally, the lead consultant advised them to ask the Executive to
meet their demands before they approve their budget. He said, “You
people are powerful as you approve all the financial expenditure of
the country, why can’t you help yourself also, this is funny.”
By Muhammad Bah