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Parliament faults NCIC for not sending relevant personnel to committee

Parliamentary Committee on Media, Information and Communications has faulted the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) for not complying with the provisions of Access To Information (ATI) Act after two information officers of the organisation failed to appear before the committee.

Chairperson of the committee, Susan Dossi, dismissed the meeting due to the absence of the NCIC information officers, whom she said were the right personnel to attend the meeting.

Dossi said what NCIC has done is non-compliance and runs parallel to the President’s agenda to allow people have access to information.

”There are some institutions who think they cannot appear before committees but we have to remind them that every committee is vital, so we have sent them to come back with the two officers designated as NCIC information officers,” said Dossi.

NCIC Chief Executive Officer, engineer Gerald Khonje, however said they were ready to appear before the committee as they had made replacements for the two officers, who were engaged with other duties.

”We will be back later this week, probably if the committee gives as space. Today we came prepared because we have done all it takes for people to access information easily, which includes establishing digital platforms where construction projects can be monitored by the public,” said Khonje.

The parliamentary Committee on Media, Information and Communications is this week meeting a number of institutions, including a round table discussion with MACRA, Network Service Providers, just to mention a few.


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