With the revelations that came out from the sittings of the Janneh Commission and the recent findings of a report about massive irregularities at the Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA), the need for swift institutional reforms has again been felt.
It has been revealed that the state lost millions of dalasis due to laxities at some of the national institutions. It is clear that with these types of losses, it will be difficult – if not impossible – for the country to realize any form of development.
There came a time when the country was almost being run like a fiefdom where a group of individuals highjacked everything in the country and did as they pleased to the detriment of the masses.
It was with this understanding and loathing it that the Gambian people came together to ensure that there is a change of government. Thus, it is expected that the current government does everything in its power to ensure that these state institutions are reformed so that not only will they perform their duties well, but also that they will be accountable to the people.
There should be such systems in place to make sure that if anyone wishes to perpetrate nepotism or malfeasance, it will be detected and halted in a short time. It is unacceptable that these wrongdoings lasted for as long as three or more years and no one was the wiser.
It is high time The Gambia reformed its institutions.