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Assembly rejects NEA report, summons Executive Director to reappear

Oct 25, 2012, 9:39 AM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Members of the Public Accounts/Enterprises Committees of the National Assembly Wednesday rejected the 2010 and 2011 annual reports and audited financial statements of the National Environment Agency.

The move comes barely a week after deputies took to task Momodou B. Sarr, Executive Director of the agency, for his failure to submit his agency’s 2010 and 2011 annual reports and financial statements.

Sarr, who last Wednesday appeared before members of the committees chaired by Assembly Speaker Abdoulie Bojang alone, told the session that he never expected to face them (the committees) because as he put it, he was due for retirement in August 2012.

However, he was given one week to go and come back.

When he re-appeared before members of the Committees yesterday, Speaker Abdoulie Bojang told Sarr that because he has failed either by design or default to include some information including a comprehensive list of the NEA current staff payroll in his current report, he is therefore found to be non-compliant and cannot satisfy the basic requirements for reporting.

“Accordingly, therefore, the Joint Session has unanimously resolved to reject and not to receive or consider your reports and financial statements until you meet the aforesaid requirements,” Speaker Bojang stated.

“As a result, you are summoned to reappear before this Joint Session on Monday 12th November 2012 at 3pm prompt and without fail,” Speaker added.

He further told the NEA boss that he is required to submit the agency’s updated report to the Clerk of the National Assembly for distribution to members of the Joint Committee not later than three clear working days before his scheduled appearance.