EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: President Adama Barrow is scheduled to appear before lawmakers at the National Assembly in their 2019 legislative year next Thursday, where he will address them on the state of the nation.
Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly announced on Thursday that the president’s address of the lawmakers is sanctioned by Section 77 of Gambia’s 1997 Constitution. He said the Section empowers the President to attend the sitting of the National Assembly and address it on the conditions of the country, government policies and the administration of the state.
Since he came into office in 2016, Mr. Barrow have been criticised by many Gambians for his eleventh hour address of the National Assembly, arguing that his address should fall between the early months of the year to enable lawmakers to have an insight about the the government activities.
In 2017, he delivered his state of the nation address in late July and last year, he moved it to September, just four months before the end of the year.