By Muhammad Bah
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly on
Monday, 23rd March 2015, commenced training on accountability and
oversight functions.In his remarks, Dr. Rasheed Draman, the Executive Director of African
Centre for Parliamentary Affairs who is the resource person, told the
participants that the training is to help the members of PAC to
understand the basic issues of ‘Accountability and Oversight’.
He said the training is also designed to help them understand best
practices for PAC work across the globe.
Dr. Draman noted that the PAC members must be familiar with the basic
concepts in Public Sector Accounting which are useful to make them
understand the Accountant General’s report.
He noted that the training is also aimed at helping the
parliamentarians to understand the issues to focus on when reviewing
the Accountant General’s report. He said parliaments across the
continent are criticised for skipping the most thriving issues
when performing their oversight, legislative and accountability
In his opening statement, the chairman of the Public Accounts and
Public Enterprises Committee (PAC/PEC) and the speaker of the National
Assembly, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, welcomed all participants to the five
day training workshop.
He said the training is funded by the African Development Bank (ADB)
under the Institutional Support Project and Financial Governance,
adding that the project has been supporting the PAC/PEC in capacity
building programs over the last three years, including the National
Assembly’s participation to WAAPAC and SADCOPAC conferences.
He said as people’s representative it is their responsibility to
ensure that government and its public services, institutions and
agencies are all accountable to the Gambian tax-payers.
By Muhammad Bah