Dec 10, 2013, 9:34 AM
The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) is the latest public enterprise to have its report deferred, due to the absence of the agency’s governing council members at Monday’s session of the joint Public Accounts/Enterprises committee of the National Assembly.
Addressing officials of the NDMA at yesterday’s session, Speaker Abdoulie Bojang said the NDMA appearing before the committee members without the presence of any of its governing council members will not be entertained.
“The NMDA governing council members should have been here, and if the nature of their job made it for them not to appear before this session, then why being a member of the governing council?” Speaker Bojang asked.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta, majority leader and member for Serrekunda East constituency told the session that when it comes to accountability and transparency, people who are supposed to appear should be there to clear the air on key issues.
“I don’t think we would be able to entertain that; we are not compromising on those things. If a minister cannot come, let a member of the governing council be here on their behalf,” the majority leader stated.
Meanwhile, the NDMA is expected back at the National Assembly on Thursday 29th November 2012.