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National Assembly marks Open Day

Jan 31, 2022, 1:01 PM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko

The National Assembly of The Gambia has marked its open day designed to bring the legislature closer to people of The Gambia.


The event was organised by the West Minister Foundation for Democracy and held at the National Assembly ground on Friday. 

Momodou E. Sise, Clerk of the National Assembly said the National Assembly open day demonstrates the legislature’s commitment to bring people close as well as ensure the institution is accessible to the public in order for improvement in their service delivery for the promotion of citizens engagement.

“I have the hope that after this day many people will know more about the legislature and how we worked for the past years, the leaders who guided our nation during and after independence,” he said.

According to him, people would also know the core principles that guide the work of the national assembly. 

Madi Jobarteh, West Minister Foundation Country Coordinator said the purpose of the event was to build capacities of members of the parliament and to bring the National Assembly closer to the people.

Mr. Jobarteh added that National Assembly Members are the people’s representatives.

Joshua Colebourne, deputy British High Commissioner to The Gambia said it is important for people to know the functions of the National Assembly to increase their level of engagement as Gambia’s democracy is a nascent one.

He said the National Assembly plays a  key role in ensuring checks and balances for the president and Government.

Kebba K. Barrow, lawmaker for Kombo South and majority leader who deputised for the speaker of the National Assembly said the role of the speaker is to ensure the continuity of progress of the National Assembly and acting fairly for the best interest of all Gambian. 

He said the day would be institutionalised to become an annual event. He added that the day is a testimony of their commitment to citizens engagement whereby the citizens are actively involved from where they live including the remote and isolated areas. 

He further said that the goal of the day is to bring the National Assembly to the people and build strong relationship with partners and stakeholders. 

He commended the leadership of the National Assembly for the initiative  and West Minister Foundation for Democracy for supporting their further engagement with the people.

The National Assembly Open Day provides an opportunity for Gambians to know more about their legislature, how it has involved leaders who carry legislature to develop their own ideas on parliamentary democracy and it principles.

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