Gambia YMCA Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio in partnership with
their main partner Team Gom Sa Bopa Wednesday convened a day discussion forum
on the recently launched BarrowMetre initiative at a hotel in Kololi.
The forum followed the launch of the online platform that is designed to keep citizens abreast with updated information on yearly budgetary allocations and how they are spent.
The overall objective of the project is to hold all levels of government accountable to Gambians in terms of service delivery under a transparent modus operandi within the context of the new democratic dispensation.
Addressing the gathering, Ali Cham aka Killa Ace said the project is a punch line and the same mechanism of weigh and measure to closely monitor government expenditure based on their campaign promises and manifestoes. “Gambia’s new democracy must be safeguarded. It has past the generation where we vote in our leaders and clap for them without asking them things that concerns us as citizens. This is what the Barrow-meter intends to do to engage citizens directly and keep the government accountable based on transparency and accountability and other crucial elements which the citizens should know,” he added.
According to him, the project is wide and has never been seen in the country before, saying it is easy to say “we want to keep government accountable and on track.”
He indicated that the online platform will also help citizens to participate and make meaningful inputs in the overall development of the country. “There is a lot of civic awareness that needs to be done because if you don’t have a certain level of awareness, it would be hard to engage citizens.”
Daouda Diaw, a representative from MackyMeter in Senegal and Samsudeen Yusuf from BuhariMeter in Nigeria, all commended YMCA and partners for coming up with the initiatives.