October 4, 2019
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is demanding Le16.669billion for the 2020 financial year to be able to monitor and regulate all environmental issues and advise government on environmental matters.
The agency’s Assistant Director, Samuel Mohamed Kamara, who presented the proposed budget, as well as income and expenditure on Wednesday October 2, 2019, urged the panel and stakeholders present to approve the budget of the institution so as to ensure the implementation of planned programmes, citing recruitment and improving the capacity of staff to effectively manage and deliver quality services.
“The activities we are going to implement are departmental driven. If the money is given to us based on the budget ceiling from the finance ministry, we are going to expend Le16.669billion for 2020 financial year,” he assured.
With a mandate to oversee, coordinate, monitor and regulate all environmental issues across the country, Kamara noted that environmental issues are crosscutting and therefore needs the collaboration and participation of all and sundry.
He stated that environmental laws have been reviewed and compliance improved, while adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change and environmental risk enhance were in place.
He said in 2018, they generated Le24, 407, 940 in revenue and a total grant of Le706, 109, while government subvention stands at Le11, 682, 755.
From a grand total of Le36, 866,804 in 2018, Kamara said Le25, 668,556 was expended with the balance lodge into the consolidated revenue fund.
“In 2019, the income generated from January to August includes Le7, 90, 358 for licenses fee while over Le1billion was generated as monitoring fee,” he disclosed.
He highlighted disregard for the rule of law by some ministries, departments and agencies in ensuring sound compliance for environmental management, limited laboratory field test equipment for air and water quality, delays in reviewing draft policies, regulations and conflict and overlap of mandate as some of the current challenges.
He disclosed that the EPA Act of 2008 and 2009 as amended is currently being reviewed to strengthen the legal provision for effective environmental governance and management.