The Executive Director of A-Plus -The Gambia, has said that his institution is committed to complimenting government efforts in enhancing the capacity and performance of National Assembly and Local Government Council officials through the provision of specialised technical and professional trainings and research support services for better decision making.
A-Plus- The Gambia was identified by the World Bank to conduct training for members of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committee (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly on Public Finance Management held from the 24th to 25th October, 2016.
Incorporated in The Gambia in September, 2016, A-Plus The Gambia, is a non-state actor, whose focus is in line with The Gambia Government’s governance and development agenda, which includes the promotion and empowerment of women and girls as contained in the Children’s Act (2005), the Women’s Act (2010), the Gender and the Women Empowerment Policy (2010-2020).
Omar Ousman Jobe, who was speaking in a recent interview at his office along the Kairaba Avenue, said they want to contribute significantly towards the removal of the social, cultural and political barriers that deter women from taking their rightful place in society.
Part of their mission, he said, is to promote and enhance good governance principles, through capacity building, policy support services and resource interventions to Parliament and Local Government Councils, whilst proactively working to empower citizens and facilitate women to vie for elective political office at National Assembly and Local Councils Levels.
Similarly, he added, the Local Government Authorities (LGAs) ought to have competent Councilors to make devolution, decentralization, service delivery and accountability processes effective and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the local people.