Speaking to a joint fact finding mission consisting of officials of ECOWAS, EU, AU and the UN Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that “the whole system needs to be overhauled because it is polluted”.
President Barrow said the joint mission showed the collaborative effort of the International Community’s readiness to support The Gambia and a demonstrated belief in the mission of his government.
He also said that apart from security reforms, the Gambia Government needs budgeting support to undertake other reforms in the judiciary, health care, agriculture and the industries. The president added that “without reliable, affordable and accessible energy we cannot develop as a nation.”
Calling for financial discipline at all levelsPresident Barrow informed the team about anongoing financial audit exercises at the Office of the President, which has “so far has revealed that government monies where going to personal accounts”. He disclosed that 105 bank accounts of government belong to individual civil servants.
Briefing Gambian President Adama Barrow on their assessment mission, team leader Pierre Buyoya, former President of Burundi said the visit is in response to a request for assistance “from the Government of The Gambia” in national dialogue, security sector reform and economic reforms.
Mr Buyoya said further that the Joint Security Reform Team will accompany the government, because they “are aware that security is a sensitive matter and the hopes are very high.”
At the end of the mission a proposal will be presented to the government with recommendations by the team. The EU Ambassador to The Gambia, AtillaLajos, said the fact-finding mission will provide a framework for the re-organization and re-structuring within a bigger master plan for the country’s development.