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NA’s Lands Committee frowns at BAC

Feb 10, 2020, 12:19 PM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko

The Select Committee on Lands and Regional Government at the National Assembly on Thursday showed their displeasure at Basse Area Council (BAC) for failure to submit their financial statement for three consecutive years.

Ousman Trawally, the chief executive Officer (CEO) at the Basse Area Council stated that having access to the information on the financial statement was a very big challenge that the council is facing at this time.

Mr. Trawally apologised to the members for submitting the incomplete document of the financial statement before them and he assured that this will not happen again. “This serves as the learning point where the council members will learn to rectify their errors.”

Foday Danjo, the council chairman informed that since they took over the office in 2018, the accountants who were working at the council lacked financial experience but as at now the council sent them to Management Development Institute (MDI) to build their capacity so that such kind of issues can be things of the past.

Bakary Trawally, director of audit responsible for area councils and the municipalities at the National Audit Office, said Basse Area Council did not prepare any financial statement for the past years that could be sent for auditing.

Foday Drammeh, National Assembly Member for Tunmana and a member of the committee, called on the ministry responsible for local government to start building the capacity of the council members on the affairs of the council.

The committee has now given Basse Area Council three months extension to go and work on their financial statement so that it can be audited and submitted to the committee for consideration and approval.