The activity reports and financial statements of the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) were yesterday adopted by the joint sessions of the Public Accounts and Enterprises Committees PAC/PEC of the National Assembly at the Legislative Chambers in Banjul.
"There has always been complaints of the shortages of technicians in the country.
The GTTI should make followups on their graduates", asserted Hon. Fatou Mbye, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.
Deputy Speaker Mbye who was the former Director General of the institution stressed the need to know whether the graduates of the institution are still doing the same field. She said the institution has always produced many skillful graduates but still the problem of technicians remained a concern in the country. She enquired from the management whether it has any plan for startup capital for its graduates.
Mr. Abdoulie M.A Loum, the Director General of the institution in his response said a project proposal to fund their graduates was made. He said they are waiting for the approval of the Social Development Fund (SDF). He explained that their biggest expenditure is on the training materials.
The Director General of GTTI explained that the institution was established by the Act of Parliament in 1983. He revealed that the elevation of the institution has serious implications in terms of modernizing equipments. He further revealed the challenges of infrastructure, professional development of staff and establishing new departments.
"We continue to enjoy international credibility as an institute of advanced technology in the Gambia", he disclosed.
However, the external auditors revealed several projects undertaken by the institute continue to show over expenditure without any indication of recovering the amounts from the project owners. The amount of D82, 550 was spent relating to Kanilai Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) building project. The institution is still paying the watchmen and site supervisor for monthly salaries.
"I will want to know the name of the person who did the procurement in Dakar. I want to know whether the GPPA is aware of the procurement", asked Hon. Lamin K Jammeh, member for Illiasa.
The management's response was that the reason for the procurement in Dakar is because the materials were not available in the country.
Mr. Sanyang, the representative of Gambia Public Procurement Agency (GPPA) mentioned that the management should have sought the approval of the authorities.
Subsequently, the Speaker of the National Assembly urged the management and board to send the document with an explanation of the expenditure.
"The subvention budget for the institute should increase to match the corresponding increase in staff and student size", said Alhajie Amadou Gigo, Chairman GTTI Board of Governors.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Gambia Public Procurement Agency (GPPA) has reviewed that the institute was not fully compliant with the GPPA regulations. Eventually, the report was adopted by the joint sessions of the National Assembly.