of the Joint Finance and Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly
yesterday challenged the Kerewan Area Council (KAC) to improve on their
weaknesses ranging from poor record keeping, poor financial management, and
deficiency in following GPPA Procurement rules amongst others.
Deputies made this resolutions before considering and adopting the Council’s activity report and audited financial statement for the period of 31st December 2016 to 31st December 2017.
During the scrutiny of the activity and financial report of the Kerewan Area Council (KAC), the NAM for Foni Kansala, Musa Amul Nyassi said that the composition of their committee is a collective and concerted effort to help institutions, councils and judiciary to develop, saying they have adopted the report of the Council, but with resolution for them to improve and work on their weaknesses.
He told KAC members that what they presented before them is not report, but more of an overview of the council, adding that what they expect to see in the report is a highlight of their achievements, challenges, constraints and the plans in mitigating those constraints.
On his resolution, he said, KAC should improve on the control of revenue generated at the council, adding that they are not making a recommendation as a committee, but they are making resolutions that should be implemented.
He said they will be coming to the field to make a follow-up, saying Kerewan Area Council is one of the councils that are not developing because, as he put it, their area of weaknesses have been exposed before the committee prior to their oversight functions.
“There is nothing can go under the carpet which we will not detect, so I want to urge you to go and make necessary adjustment and regulations as far as those identified lapses are concerned because they are important to us,” he said.
He added that they want to make sure that when they come on the ground, the issues that are highlighted are fixed. The establishment of GPPA, he said, was as an act of parliament and that the law has empowered them to exercise powers were compliance is not adhered to.
Nyassi indicated that there are some contradictions going by the audit report and that of GPPA concerning issues which involve the procurement unit, saying they were expecting that the GPPA and audit to come with an accurate report from the council.
Gibairu Janneh, Subject Matter Specialist at the National Assembly, said that the fundamental problem with the Kerewan Area Council has to do with poor record keeping, poor financial management, and disregard of GPPA rules.
Janneh thus urged them to do something in tackling some of the identified problems and weaknesses in the council.
Presenting his annual activity report before the committee, Seedy K. Touray, the CEO of the Kerewan Area Council said that in as much as they have weaknesses within their council, he appealed to the committee to also know that they are faced with lot of challenges.
However, he said they would go back to work on their identified weaknesses, which will help them grow as a council.
Malamin I.L. Bojang, chairman of the Kerewan Area Council, also appealed to the National Assembly Select Committee of Regional Government, Lands, Ombudsman and the IEC to give them some time to improve on their weaknesses, saying most of the issues highlighted were new to them as they came to office after those things occurred.
Deputies that spoke during the meeting include: Hon. Foday Drammeh of Tumana, Hon. Sunkary Badjie of Foni Brefet, Hon. Billy Tunkara of Kantora who all aired their concerns on the report of the Kerewan Area Council.