By Demba Bah
Foroyaa has been reliably informed that the Banjul City Council has developed draft standing orders, which is currently in circulation.
Mustapha Batchilly, the Chief Executive Officer of Banjul City Council on Thursday, 24 August 2023 informed this medium that there is a draft standing order they prepared. He added that the ward councillors have been provided with the draft for their inputs. Deputy Mayor Abdul Aziz Gaye, who doubles as the councilor for Box Bar Ward in Banjul, confirmed the information to Foroyaa saying the draft was issued to the councilors.
The idea is to capture the ideas of the councilors before final draft standing orders is adopted.
Meanwhile, the council’s general meeting scheduled for Thursday was cancelled due to lack of quorum. Section 28 subsection 4 provides that the quorum shall be two-thirds of the members.
It could be recalled that the BCC’s second general council meeting tasked the CEO to set-up an ad-hoc committee to look into the issue of by-laws and standing orders. A timeline of 31 July 2023 was earmarked.
“Due to the delay in setting up committees, this timeline could not be fulfilled. Now there is a draft in circulation,” said CEO Batchilly.