14 November 2012

Gambia: PAC/ PEC Rejects NYC Report

Members of the Joint Session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of National Assembly Tuesday rejected the annual activity report and audited financial statement of the National Youth Council (NYC) for the year ended 2011, after it failed to submit its audited financial statement for the second consecutive year.

The NYC officials were led by its executive secretary, Marcel Mendy; and chairperson Fabakary Kalleh. The PAC/ PEC members said the NYC submitted only its activity report and management letter. The NYC was also found to have submitted only nine copies of its report to the National Assembly, which was not enough for the entire PAC/PEC members.

Addressing the NYC officials before rejecting the report, Hon. Alhaji Sillah, NAM for Banjul North Constituency, reminded the NYC officials that right goes with responsibilities and that NYC is expected to live up to expectation and should endeavour to fulfill its mandate as enshrined in the Constitution. "It is really very disappointing that two years in a row, the NYC continue to repeat the same thing. You should improve," said Sillah, who is also the chairman of the National Assembly Select Committee on Youth.

Hon. Pamalick Ceesay, member for Lower Saloum, said there are gaps and lapses at the NYC which represent the entire young people. "As a young person who had served at the National Youth Council, the NYC is faced with lots of challenges," he further said, but quickly noted that there has been some improvement and that a lot has been done. He also recalled that the NYC was rated the best in the whole world.

Hon. Sainey Mbye, NAM for Upper Saloum, said the PAC/PEC was totally disappointed with NYC. He added that the Committee could not receive the NYC audited financial report last year and expected that the Council would have avoided a repetition of it this year.

Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, the speaker of the National Assembly, who is also the chairman of the Committee, said it was not the wish of the PAC/PEC Committee to reject the NYC report, but that they want to see institutions meet the basic requirements for reporting when they face the Committee.

The Committee then unanimously rejected the report and later deferred the NYC members to appear another day to enable them to submit the audited accounts.

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