NaCSA Outdated Act Reviewed
The parent National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) Act 2001, amended 2008 and 2015 which restricted the mandates and operations of the institution to go beyond ten years has been reviewed to NaCSA Act 2019.
The new NaCSA Act was approved in Parliament on Thursday 7th November, 2019.
Honorable Lahai Marah of Constituency 042 argued that for NaCSA to come under the supervision of the Office of the Vice President was a move to take the responsibility of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and transfer it to the VP adding that the Vice President should not be coming to Parliament to present a bill but, it should be the duty of the Minister of Development.
The legislator said he was not against the Leader of Parliament but he was presenting a decent opinion for the fact that it is a developmental issue.
The Leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC), Hon. Alhaji Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, supported that the responsibility to supervise NaCSA should be given to the Development Minister, adding that the VP should have a direct supervisory role and that the board should be dominated by development experts.
The Chief Whip for the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC), Honorable Hassan Priest maintained that the President has the right to create offices for people who can facilitate and make the job easier adding that they are there to make laws that could stand the test of time. He said the Vice President was voted for because he is the ticket of the President and running mate, noting that there was no reason for MP’s to portray stiff resistance.
He encouraged colleague parliamentarians to give responsibility to the VP so that they can keep the office busy adding that Members of Parliament has easy access to the office of the VP than that of the President.
The Acting Leader for the opposition in Parliament, Honorable Ibrahim Ben Kargbo further supported the motion that Vice President should be given the powers to oversee NaCSA, observing that the status of the Minister of Development should not be undermined in that direction.
The Bill was presented to the House of Parliament by Dr. Francis Kai Kai, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development.
By Amira Tatayea Bangura
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