Speaking yesterday at the legislative chamber in Banjul, National Assembly Speaker Abdoulie Bojang described NaNA as “a responsible agency”.
He added: “We have seen that you are very responsible even in your leadership. We can see how united your team is. Definitely, this committee is so proud of you because there are other agencies who will see what you have done. So you can be emulated by others and make them change.”
The praises came after the PAC/PEC unanimously adopted NaNA’s 2013 activity and financial reports.
The executive director of NaNA, Mr Modou Cheyassin Phall, informed the PAC/PEC that concerns they raised last year on withholding of tax, fuel register and GPPA compliance had been addressed.
He explained: “Following the completion of the 2012 audit that was conducted in 2013, the agency immediately started implementing the audit’s recommendation in line with FI [Financial Instructions]. The agency immediately started maintaining separate fuel registers as recommended by the audit. The agency has stopped dealing with suppliers that are not registered with Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA). Filling systems recommended by GPPA have been adopted and are currently being used.”
Mr Phall however said NaNa has recognised the importance of strengthening its institutional capacity as well as the capacity of its partners since a number of institutions and organizations are actively involved in the area of nutrition.
“The recognition of the importance of nutrition security to national development necessitated the development of the National Nutrition Policy (2010-2020) and the restructuring of NaNa’s current organisational structure and the strengthening of its capacity for effective implementation of the policy and the programme.”
Mr Lamin Njie, financial management specialist of NaNa gave the financial statement of the agency for the year ended 2013, while Lamin Camara, assistant compliance officer, GPPA, reported that NaNA scored 84% compliance rate.
Pa Modou Jagne of National Audit Office, who audited the NaNa accounts, said the audit revealed some accounting weaknesses.]]>