31 January 2013

Gambia: NYC Reports Rejected for the Third Time

Members of the Joint Session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises (PAC/PEC) Committee of the National Assembly Wednesday rejected, for the third time, the 2010, 2011 annual activity report and audited financial statement of the National Youth Council (NYC).

The Committee's decision came after it learnt that Marcel Mendy, executive secretary of the NYC, was out of the country and was being represented by the programme manager of the Council.

Addressing the NYC officials led by the Council's chairperson, Fabakary Kalleh, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, the speaker of the National Assembly and chairman of the PAC/PEC, recalled that the Committee had recommended that the NYC go back and clarify certain doubts on some missing vouchers and other liabilities so that a recovery can be done to all the NYC debts.

He said the NYC needs to also clarify the payment to UNICEF regarding the loans from NEDI, and the issue about the loans of the permanent secretary which was mentioned at the Assembly. "We also said that let them document the challenges that the NYC has because it is a very important institution and it is very close to the National Assembly in promoting the welfare of the youths of this country. We also recommended for revealation of the salary structure of the employees of the National Youth Council," he added.

Speaker Bojang also told the NYC officials that these issues and others should be addressed, and it should not be the programme manager who should be responsible for giving answers to these questions. "It is the responsibility of the executive secretary to give answers to these questions. So, his absence makes the work for NYC representatives here gradually impossible and in fact makes it a more serious case," he further remarked.

He said the executive secretary of NYC should have informed the Office of Clerk about his trip knowing fully well that the NYC was supposed to appear before the Committee. "We thought Marcel Mendy should have liaised with the Office of the Clerk to say he was travelling and I want to solicit advice so that they can be given another day but that has not happened," the speaker added.

He stressed that as an institution which comprisespeople who they are moulding to become responsible people for the future of this country, the Committee must fully deal with the NYC in a way that they would learn along. "We cannot actually for these reasons, listen to your institution today but you will be communicated to again after the arrival of the executive secretary," the speaker concluded.

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