A majority leader of the national assembly has said it is not their role to promise the people roads, schools or hospitals, but admitted that people can challenge National Assembly Members, NAMs, on “bad laws.”

If there is any law that our electorates feel is not appropriate, they should hold us on our necks, said Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, also a member for Serekunda East. We are to be challenge for bad laws.

Wrong signal

He said members who promise to build roads and other facilities for their people are sending a wrong signal.

“If we go on campaign and you tell your electorates that if you vote for me, I will build your roads, schools and hospitals, you are sending wrong signals,” Hon. Jatta said at an adjournment debate on April 10.

He urged members to make best use of the various committees in the national assembly rather than lodge complaints during sessions.

The sessions are not the place to lodge your complaints, lodge your complaints on issues affecting your areas to the various parliamentary committees responsible, he advised.

Minority leader critical but constructive

Jatta said: “We want to acknowledge the minority leader, though he is critical but his criticisms are constructive. It helps us to correct the weakness we may have.

“Those days are gone where opposition parties will not hail anything good about the ruling party.

“Hopefully, we will bring him to our party and we surely hope this fruitful relationship will continue.”