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NAMs Clear D134M UTG Scholarship Arrears

By Almamo Kamaso
The National Assembly on Wednesday July 28 2021 gave one hundred and thirty four million dalasi (D134m), as a way of clearing the scholarship arrears which the government of the Gambia owed the UTG.
The staff of the UTG sometimes ago went on a sit down strike which strike later was resolved after intervention of mediators. The Government was able to pay twenty million dalasi (D20M) at the negotiation table leaving one hundred and thirty-four million (D134M) balance.
The National Assembly whiles scrutinizing the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2021 tabled by the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Hon Mam Buray Njie moved the following monies from different ministries to address the arrears owed to UTG.
Fifteen million (D15m) was moved from the Judiciary, plus another Twenty-five million (D25M) from GCAA and another fifty million (D50M) was cut from the allocation of Land Compensation under the Bertil Harding Highway OIC project, of two hundred millions (D200M) of the ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure making a total of ninety million (D90M).
Out of this savings of D90M as a result of the cutting, one hundred and thirty-four (D134M) was given to the Higher Education Science and Technology to settled the arrears. And the remaining six million (D6M) was moved to the Information and Communication ministry, making a total of thirty-six million (D36M).

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