EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Banjul: Deputies at the National Assembly Thursday convened their two times suspended debate on President Adama Barrow’s 2019 State of the Nation (SoN) address, bringing arguable points that they said were never contained in the president’s statement.
They suspended the debate twice, in a 24 to 11 vote, demanding that the president, his vice or a representative from the executive must be present before they can debate on the President’s last address. Vice president, Dr. Isatou Touray was in New York where she represented the president at the 74th United Nations General Assembl, but had appeared at the Thursday debate.
The lawmakers say there are key issues affecting the country, including water, which they said is a fundamental human right that every person should have access to clean drinking water. “The help extended to communities by the government is small,” Kiang Central MP Bakary Camara said. He said the community of Kwinella is facing water problem and they should be considered.
Muhammed Mahanera, MP of Sandu also tabled a concern on the shortage of lecturers at The Gambia, saying why the government should start another College when the available one lacked lecturers. “Who are going to lecture there?” he asked.
Mr, Mahanera said it will be pointless to convert GTTI into a university when UTG too does not have even a proper library and proper research bodies. He said if Gambian students can travel to China for studies, the country should also opt for other students to come and study here.
“This cannot be possible if we don’t have quality education. The ministry of higher education should look into this matter. We are not exporting, we are just importing and have not started the soonest we realize that we need to move,” MP for Serekunda Halifa Sallah said.