National Assembly Commences Committee Sittings

The National Assembly of The Gambia informs the public about the commencement of the 2nd Committee Sittings for the 2024 Legislative Year. These sittings will be held from April 15 to May 29.

Select and Standing Committees will hold consultative meetings to review bills with stakeholders. Additionally, they will scrutinise the operations of various government entities, including Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

The Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) is scheduled to review and consider annual reports from key institutions like the Central Bank of The Gambia, National Audit Office, Gambia College, University of The Gambia, and the National Human Rights Commission.

Public Enterprise Committee (PEC) will examine 2021 reports from entities such as NAWEC (National Water and Electricity Company), GRTS (Gambia Radio & Television Services), GCAA (Gambia Civil Aviation Authority), and AMRC (Agricultural Marketing and Research Coordinating Centre).

A joint meeting with the Committee on Monitoring of Government Projects will be held to discuss the Banjul-Barra Ferry Services with the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, GPA (Gambia Ports Authority), and GFSC (Gambia Ferry Services Corporation).

The Defence and Human Rights Committee will review reports and hold consultations with relevant ministries on matters such as the Gambia-Senegal hot-pursuit agreement, the renewal of the DCAF Agreement, and road safety concerns.

A Joint Committee on Health and Gender will convene consultations on the National Social Protection Bill, and the Women’s Amendment Bill 2024.

Committees on Education, Environment, Tourism, Regional Government, Agriculture, Trade, and Foreign Affairs will also conduct reviews and hold consultative meetings.

Committee Oversight is an important responsibilityy vested on the Committees under section 102 and section 109 of the 1997 Constitution and clause 95 of the Standing Orders. Committees have the power under section 109 (2) (b) to investigate any matter of public importance.

During the period, committees may also embark on nationwide tours to visit project sites and government agencies across the country to gain first-hand information on implementation of government projects and programmes and report back to the plenary.

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