Friday, December 2

NAM vows to push private member bill to empower local governments  

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Sulayman Jammeh, the newly elected National Assembly Member for Bundungka Kunda has vowed to push the private member Bill to empower local government authorities in order to have their autonomy – something he said would help them do their work effectively.

Hon. Jammeh made these remarks during an interview with The Point recently.

The Bundungka Kunda lawmaker said the local government lacks autonomy that affects them to carry out their work.

According to him, the local authorities are not getting even 25 percent of the budget support from the central government, making it difficult for them to do their developmental work within their respective communities.

“There are gaps that need to be addressed,” he said, “so coming with the private Member Bill to empower the local government authorities will address some of their challenges at the council level.”

Hon. Jammeh said, he would engage all the local government authorities across the country together with the ministry of lands and local government in order to come up with a targetable bill that addresses challenges the local government authorities are facing.

He added that he would continue working with the councilors in his constituency to look at the challenges Bundung is facing and find a solution to those challenges for the well-being of Bundung and the country at large as he was doing it before becoming the National Assembly Member.

He thanked the people of Bundungka Kunda for the trust and confidence they have in him to be their representative at parliament for next five years, while on the other hand being grateful to APRC for choosing him as their candidate for Bundungka Kunda Constituency.