The President: ‘’ I call the Parliament and Cabinet to fast track national issues to build a strong state.’’
HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, has urged the parliament and the government to strengthen their commitment to serve the nation.
The President called on the government to increase the development and monitoring of activities of all national institutions, and emphasized the need for them to practice full accountability.
“We have a national obligation to serve our nation openly and honestly. I call the on parliament to fast track key laws required to enable national activities. Among the laws we want the parliament to pass quickly include the anti-corruption law, foreign investment law, telecommunication and procurement law. All these laws are necessary to establish a system of accountability,” said the President.
The President also stated that in accordance with the government’s commitment to implement a transparent governance system, a fully functioning Financial Management Committee is in place, which has members from the government, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and African Development Bank. He said the work of this committee has brought a lot of positive changes in financial management.
“I ask the government to actively support the work of the Financial Management Committee, and to support the work of reviewing tenders offered by the government in accordance with the law. If any of the tenders have been awarded against the law, then the committee has full authority to take actions according to the law.”
President Mohamud emphasized the need to have a fully functioning justice system in place, adding that it’s one of the important pillars of the state-building process.
“The parliament has to fast track the legal process that allows the formation of national justice institutions, like the Justice Services Committee and the Constitutional Court,’’ said the President.
The President has called on the media to play a national role in Somalia’s reconstruction, reconciliation and public awareness and to avoid anything that may threaten the national security and the unity of the people.
He finally commended the Somali people for their resilience and the positive role in ensuring that Somalia stands again on its own feet.