31 January 2013

Gambia: 'What Are the NAMs Waiting For?' Haddijatou Forbes

Madam Haddijatou Forbes, the former Independent candidate for Banjul Central in the last parliamentary election, has raised a concern over the failure of the National Assembly to state their position on the 8am to 6pm working hours about to be introduced soon in the country.

Talking to Foroyaa,the former Independent candidate who lost the Banjul Central Constituency seat to Mr. Abdoulie Saine, at the last parliamentary elections, said she is asking the question as to who is responsible for making laws and why is the National Assembly still silent of the issue of the new working days and hours that the executive has planned to implement come 1st February. She emphasised that this is an issue of national concern and that it should have been debated by the National Assembly as it affects the whole nation. "I was watching the GRTS television the last time but nothing was said about this issue. If they don't talk about it before its implementation, then when would they do it?" she asked.

Madam Forbes said she is really disappointed in seeing the National Assembly Members devoting all their time in condemning the EU proposal and which she added could have equally been done for the planned changes. "I challenge them to look into the Monday to Thursday working days and 8am to 6pm working hours to protect the interest of the people they are representing", she said.

She said the issue is of such importance that the executive should have first tabled it before the law makers for them to discuss it thoroughly and engage the population in public discussions on the issue. She concluded by calling on the NAMs to look after the interest of the people as that is the reason why they are elected to serve in the National Assembly.

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