The National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS), a government-established skills training center, which depends entirely on monthly government subvention, has said the way that the government is paying these subventions is least encouraging.
This was disclosed by NYSS’s Accountant, Mr. Edward B. Wright, in his financial report to the Public Account and Public Enterprise Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly on October 8, 2012.
“Most of the time NYSS financed its operations through bank overdrafts and this make it impossible to remit the tax deduction from staff to Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) because banks always refuse to honor such payments,” Mr Wright said on Monday.
According to him, when NYSS subvention is suppressed or underpaid it reflects directly on the budgeted activities and this resulted in the significant variances.
“NYSS will liaise with Ministry of Youth and Sports, and Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs forthwith to remit the arrears outstanding to GRA with immediate effect,” he said.
Despite its financial predicament, the NYSS is rated as “non-compliance” with the dictates of the Gambia Public Procurement Authority, GPPA Act.
“NYSS did not submit any procurement plans to the GPPA,” Mr. Ibraima Sanyang, a senior compliance officer of the GPPA has revealed.
He also revealed the NYSS is also awarding contracts to people who are not registered with GPPA.
The two giant committees of the National Assembly, PAC/PEC, has unanimously decided to defer the supposed scrutiny of NYSS’s annual activity and audited financial reports till further notice owing to the “obvious non inclusion of its 2011 activities and financial spending”.
The NYSS was asked to meet the Assembly Clerk for a possible rescheduled of its appearance before the “scrutinizing committees.”
The skill center, represented by ex-executive director and now deputy permanent secretary ministry of youths and sport, Mr. Musa Mbye only presented the 2009 and 2010 activity and financial reports.
“I am pleased to report that the NYSS is still on course with its mandate to provide requisite skills for self-employment or creating employment opportunities, in helping the acquisition of discipline minds, morally strong and development-orientated young people,” Mr Mbye said.
He said the aim of the report is to highlight key activities conducted within the framework of NYSS Action Plan 2010. It covers management and staff matters, matters on corps members, micro credit delivery and youth employment creation.
The mandate to render annual reports on activities of the NYSS is in accordance with Section 197 of the Constitution of The Gambia and the NYSS Act of 1999.