In NEYCP Probe, Outcome Eagerly Awaited! By Landing Badjie, Our National Correspondent The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is eagerly expected to come out with a report on the outcome of an investigation into the defunct National Environment Youth Corps Project. The National Environmental Youth Corps Project (NEYCP) was a project embarked upon by the UNDP in conjunction with the government of The Gambia to, inter alia, constructively engage youths in the proper management of their environment and by extension providing them gainful self-employment. The pilot project began in Farafenni where youths were engaged in the disposal of rubbish from compound to compound in return for nominal fees. But the NEYCP was short-lived. No sooner the project got off to a grandiose start than it crash-landed amidst various allegations of financial impropriety and nepotism. One such allegation on the lips of many is that Dr. Kakonge, a one-time UNDP Resident Coordinator in Banjul, has wrongly appointed Dr. Sibanda as the consultant for the project. Allegations are that the two doctors were very close associates with Dr. Sibanda following Dr. Kakonge from one duty station to another. “They were first in East Africa and then here in West Africa as the two were best of friends,” a UNDP source revealed. According to sources, doctors Sibanda and Kakonge were treated as untouchable sacred cows in The Gambia because the former UNDP Banjul boss was wining and dining with the powers that be. It could not be confirmed, at the time of filing this story, whether the probe into the NEYCP was yet completed but what was confirmed is that many people here as well as partners in development would like to know the outcome of the investigation as soon as they can. Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 (Archive on Wednesday, April 25, 2007) Posted by PNMBAI Contributed by PNMBAI Return Copyright 2006 (c) Freedom Newspaper, LLC. : Powered

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