By Tabora Bojang
As the assembly last night debated on supplementary appropriation bill which includes D30 million to the GRTS, the National Assembly Member for Serekunda Halifa Sallah accused the national broadcaster of failing its responsibility to provide effective coverage for National Assembly proceedings.
“This institution [GRTS] is not covering us, when they should be providing live coverage of the sessions of this National Assembly like it did with the TRRC. That is why people felt that nothing is happening here, they feel that this National Assembly is rubber stamped and not doing anything meaningful but talking about skin bleaching because that is the mediocrity that has actually been given and that image is us [NAMs],” the PDOIS Secretary General said.
The Serekunda NAM added that even though he will not be among those who will deny GRTS election coverage, he will not continue to encourage the institution’s persistent snubbing of parliamentary proceedings when it is funded by taxpayer money.
“They have failed in their responsibility in that regard and we cannot continue to encourage them. So GRTS should know that they should cover this National Assembly, they should cover its committees so that people will know what is happening and being done; they will educate the public to know what parliamentary democracy is all about,” Sallah noted.