Members of the Joint Session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly Monday began a two-day specialised training on the national budget funded by the World Bank.
Delivering his opening statement, Alhaji Abdoulie Bojang, Speaker of the National Assembly said as representatives, it is their responsibility to ensure that government and its public services, institutions and agencies are all accountable to the Gambian tax-payers, noting that this training is to further strengthen their capacity in order to better perform accountability and oversight over public finances.
He urged members to participate proactively during discussions and group work to make the sessions lively and interesting and hoped that at the end of the training, the skills of members would be further enhanced.
Equally, he thanked the World Bank for their support to PAC/PEC over the past years, noting that the support has greatly enhanced their participation at both PAC/PEC sessions and outside the country. The experiences and best practices learnt at those conferences, he added greatly enhance members’ capacity.
Speaker Bojang thanked the government of the Gambia under the leadership of President Jammeh for his continuous support to the Assembly, especially the PAC/PEC Committees.
Omar Ousman Jobe, the executive director of A-Plus-The Gambia stated that A-Plus’ mission is to promote and enhance good governance principles through capacity building, policy support services and resources interventions to parliament and local government councils, whilst proactively working to empower citizens and facilitate women to vie for elective/representative political office at National Assembly and local councils levels and for more senior public service /policy level positions.
He noted that linked to that is the vision is to build a Gambia in which the National Assembly discharges their duties effectively and efficiently; where citizens partake in the decision-making processes that affect their lives; where women are empowered and facilitated to accede to leadership and elective positions, and all national elections are documented, monitored, observed and evaluated by home-based Gambian experts to international standards.
“We will be promoting social accountability initiatives and we will also be setting up an elections observatory platform. This happens to be our first partnership with the World Bank to offer capacity building services to the PAC/PEC of the National Assembly,” he concluded.
by Aji Fatou Faal-Sonko