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Posted - 13 Feb 2020 :  15:32:00  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not turning up or not presenting documents on time appears to becoming standard practice in SOME cases,a "Clarification FIX " must be developed in order to stop future occourences.
ANY IDEAS Dear Reader ?

By Momodou Jarju

The Public Enterprise Committee (PEC) has on Tuesday adjourned two sessions due to the absence of external auditors for one enterprise and the board chair for another enterprise.
The select committee was supposed to listen to the presentation of the financial statements and activity reports for the periods of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in the morning, but the engagement could not hold because the aforesaid enterprise’s external auditors were not present.

The officials of the enterprise said their external auditors were not in the country and they are expected to be back on Friday.

The chair of the committee, Hon. Halifa Sallah said the whole exercise is for them to carry out their mandate, which is to ensure that public enterprises are guided with three principles, such as decency, transparency, and probity.

“Clearly, we cannot complete a review exercise without the management letter and all these issues being looked into. The exercise would be difficult,” he said.

Nonetheless, the engagement between the GCAA and the Select Committee is being deferred to 17th February 2020 for presentation, and on 19th February for possible consideration of the reports for the periods under review.

In the afternoon session, the Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (GCCPC) too could not engage with the committee because the chair of the board was absent.

Janet Sallah-Njie, the former chair of the GCCPC (though she presented herself as the outing chair), said she was there because the periods under review (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) fall within her chairmanship. The commission currently has a chair.

She said the board had a meeting and they agreed among themselves that hence she had the institutional knowledge for the periods under review; she could present the reports on behalf of the commission.

“I spoke to him (current chair) this morning and he explained to me that he has health commitment in the provinces,” Sallah-Njie said.

However, the chair of the select committee, Halifa Sallah, said the former chair is not mandated to present the reports on behalf of the commission. He added that the standard is for the committee to communicate with the board through the chair.

“But the substantive holder is the one responsible to appear before us and to make that known to us; to indicate that the board has actually mandated you (former chair) to be the presenter before this committee,” Sallah said.

Meanwhile, the engagement amid the committee and the commission was then adjourned until further notice.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 13 Feb 2020 15:34:28


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Posted - 14 Feb 2020 :  09:31:58  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What a very sensible decision by the PEC to solve a lack of respect for a committee of the National Assembly yes folks ACTION by politicians, quite a rare development,it would be great if other politicians worldwide followed their lead.
By Momodou Jarju on February 13, 2020

The Public Enterprise Committee (PEC) of the national assembly has decided to end dealing with history by putting an end to the backlogs public institutions are grappling with.

Quite often, the committee had to adjourn or defer sessions because the enterprises that were supposed to present before the committee would not have the complete sets of reports, which include activity report, financial statement and management letter.

PEC has since the advent of the new dispensation clamoured for an end to the backlog to no avail. Some are complying while others fall short. Some of the enterprises are yet to present previous reports as far back as 2015.

Moving on, the chairperson of the committee Hon. Halifa Sallah said they have set out plans to put the matter behind them.

“We want to put an end to the backlog… the committee have decided that we will not deal with history anymore,” he said.

One of the measures the committee is implementing is to ensure the enterprises meet all the reports for the periods under review before they would be allowed to present before the committee.

One institution which is being asked to adhere to this is the Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (GCCPC). GCCPC would appear before the committee again for consideration when they prepare all the activity reports and financial statements for the year 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. The institution is yet to prepare its financial statement for 2018.

Sallah told the commission that there are problems somewhere and they would engage them and the external auditors to discuss and ascertain the problems so that they can be resolved.

“Just get ready to explain everything that is serving as impediment to the proper functioning of your institution and then the auditors will also explain and we find a solution that this time, the backlog will definitely be a thing of the past,” the Serrekunda deputy said.

He added: “Because the commitment of the committee is that we will not hear any report until the 2018 financial statement is prepared.”

The story of PEC is similar to other select committees of the national assembly. Last week, the select committee on Regional Government and Lands, Ombudsman and IEC faced a similar situation.

The committee is responsible for area councils in the country and it has rejected reports of the Janjangbureh Area Council and Basse Area Council due to incomplete reports.

Both area councils failed to present their financial statements for the year 2015, 2016, and 2017- with Basse having 2018 activity report ready but without its financial statement.
The committee has given both area councils three months to put their house in order or else it would be contempt of the national assembly.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 14 Feb 2020 09:32:29
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