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FPAC defers CBG, Accountant General

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By Aji Fatou Faal

The Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) of the National Assembly, Tuesday rescheduled the Central Bank of the Gambia and the Accountant General’s reappearance to Monday for proper scrutiny.
On the Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA), the Central Bank was rated 79% compliant which denotes to be mainly compliant.

Kebba K. Barrow, Majority Leader and member of the Committee revealed that the response sent to the CBG was not reviewed by the management.
He said it was taken to a unit head who responded to the queries of GPPA which is not inline without the knowledge of the CBG management. He went to say they are asking them to go back as an institution to respond to queries made by GPPA on their observations.

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The governor and chairman of CBG Bakary Jammeh told the committee that they can a verbal page-by-page reply to the observations of the GPPA.
For her part, Hon. Mariam Jack-Denton, Speaker and chairperson of the FPAC, said they don’t need verbal responds but it needs to be proper documented at the end the committee was never willing to listen to them to CBG officials.

In the same development, Momodou Lamin Bah, the Accountant General and the team also appeared before the FPAC Committee to make subsequent clarifications of the missing vouchers, Imprest among others.
Speaker after speaker raised concern but the committee and the Subject Matter Specialist were not satisfied with the answers given by the Accountant General.
The FPAC Committee then adjourned the session till Monday 5th February 2018.

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