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Supplementary appropriation bill shows financial indiscipline - Minority Leader

Nov 27, 2014, 10:11 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

The Minority Leader and National Assembly Member for Niamina Dankunku constituency, Hon. Samba Jallow, has said the supplementary appropriation bill tabled before the National Assembly recently was one of the most serious instances of financial indiscipline to happen in the country.

The minority leader was speaking recently at a press briefing organised by the NRP party.

He said in 2012 there was an appropriation bill, and again in 2013 “we also had it for D300 million which I believe was somehow reasonable.”

“However, looking at what happened this year, this was one of the most serious instances of financial indiscipline that happened in this country,” Hon. Jallow added.

“There was “no way somebody could justify this figure, it was impossible,” he said, adding that by 1 December they are tabling the January 1 to December 31, 2015 national budget.

“I believe the best thing was to start scrutinizing the Office of the President because these are things that are happening under the Office of the President the highest office in this country,” he continued.

The minority leader further stated that it would have been better for this to happen in other ministries rather than at the Office of the President.

“This was why I told them to minimize our expenditure and prioritise them because, if not, there is no way they can limit this expenditure,” Hon. Jallow continued.

The minority leader spoke of a lot of mismanagement happening in this country, and that “millions has just been used to open an embassy in Malaysia.”

“I wonder what economic ties we have with Malaysia?” he went on, adding that “most countries are reducing their embassies because of the high costs.”