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Momodou



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Posted - 12 Sep 2018 :  13:04:44  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
VP sheds light on D4.5M donated to Kuntaur flood victims

The Point: Wednesday, September 12, 2018


http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/vp-sheds-light-on-d45m-donated-to-kuntaur-flood-victims

The vice president and minister of Women’s Affairs, Ousainou Darboe, was asked by the lawmaker for Niani, Alhagie S.B. Sillah to shed light on the D4.5 million donated by the Chinese Embassy to the flood victims of Kuntaur.


Mr. Darboe in his response said the funds have not been utilized due to circumstances beyond their control. “The money is still at the Trust Bank account of the National Disaster Management Agency.”

He therefore informed lawmakers about the rehabilitation works of the Kuntaur Bridge and the dykes. “Work on the bridge is in progress whilst work on the dykes will commence in October 2018.”

Mr. Darboe also responding to a question posed to him by Hon. Fakebba N.L. Colley, member for Kiang West, as how the election of women councilors was conducted in various constituencies across the country, said that minister of Women Affairs is mandated to appoint one female representative from each electoral constituency and one female representative from each local government council in consultation with the local authorities.

The Act, he added, also empowers the President to appoint representatives, one from the Ministry of Agriculture, one from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, one from the private sector, one from each of the two main regions of the country, one from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and one female legal practitioner from the Attorney General’s Chambers.

He explained that the chairperson of the council is appointed by the President from amongst the members whilst the vice chairperson is elected by the members appointed.

The selection of lady councilors to the National Women’s Council as prescribed by law, Darboe went on, is through appointments and not elections. “However, in our bid to democratize the process, the Independent Electoral Commission was invited to conduct the election.”

Mr. Darboe further told deputies that the Women’s Act 2010 which established the National Women’s Council under Section 58 (1) prescribes for lady councilors to be appointed by the minister for Women’s Affairs and not through elections.

Author: Njie Baldeh


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Posted - 12 Sep 2018 :  16:27:09  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
“The money is still at the Trust Bank account of the National Disaster Management Agency.”

Oh Dear, ANOTHER apparent case of NON ACTION,with regard to MONEY NOT IMMEDIATELY UTILISED that was destined to help victims of a DISASTER, WHY IS THERE A DELAY ?

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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Momodou



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Posted - 13 Sep 2018 :  20:52:41  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
NAMs Quiz VP Darboe on Donations To Kuntaur Floods Victims
Foroyaa: September 13, 2018

By Awa B. Bah


http://foroyaa.gm/nams-quiz-vp-darboe-on-donations-to-kuntaur-floods-victims/

Deputies at the National Assembly, Monday 10th September 2018, engaged the Vice President and Minister for Women’s Affairs Ousainou Darboe, to give an account on the D4.5 Million, donated last year, by the Chinese Embassy to flood victims in Kuntaur. Members made this and other enquiries during the oral reply to questions, for which due notices were given during the 2018 Legislative year.

It could be recalled that the Chinese Embassy late last year, donated one hundred thousand US dollars after the flood incident in Kuntaur, an amount said yet to be utilized.

VP Darboe in his response said the funds have not been utilized due to circumstances beyond their control; that the money is still lodge in a Trust Bank account of the National Disaster Management Agency, NDMA. He said rehabilitation works of the Kuntaur Bridge and dykes which the funds were meant for, are being carried out by the Bin Halifa Foundation of the United Arab Emirates; that work on the bridge in Kuntaur is in progress whilst work on the on the dykes will commence in October 2018.

The Member for Nianija in his supplementary question said it is nine days for the money to clock one year at the Trust Bank; that the issue of the money donated to floods victim had been raised before but is yet to be addressed. He highlighted his concerns as other NAMs since the community of Kuntaur has been following keenly, on the development of the million dalasi donation.

VP Darboe further promised to provide a Bank statement showing the status of the money donated, so as to clear the doubts of the community of Kuntaur.

The Member for Brikama South said since the donation was made for the Kuntaur Bridge and dykes, he suggests that the money be diverted to other issues relating to the developmental welfare of Kuntaur community, since the Bin Halifa foundation has taken care of the bridge and dykes.

In response, VP Darboe said the funds are meant for Kuntaur projects and that consultation will be considered on how to improve the Kuntaur community, in terms of natural disaster.

The Member for Nianija in his comments, underlined the response of VP Darboe and asked him to provide answers to what the money in the Bank can be used for, to prevent future disasters. The Minister said the funds for the Kuntaur project is meant to address future occurrence and the money in the Bank will serve as preventive mechanisms for prone areas in the country.

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