Hargeisa (The Horn)- The different parliamentary committees have come out forcefully to support the president of Somaliland H.E Musa Bihi Abdi decree to cancel the privatization of the Berbera Oil Terminal and the Egal International Airport security services which was in the hands of a company associated with a former minister in the Silanyo administration. The legislators drawn from various political parties called on the government to confiscate all state assets in private hands. The MPs from the ruling party Kulmiye and those from National Party (Wadani) commended the president for acting swiftly and soberly.
The Horn Newspaper reached on several members of parliament to gauge their opinions. First to contact is Hon. Saeed Osman Artan, he said “The privatization of Berbera Oil Terminal and the security and the parking lot of Egal International Airport was from the outset illegal. The president action to return these services to government management is welcome. Mr. President we thank you very much for your insight. During the tenure of the former president of Somaliland Ahmed Silanyo many government properties were stolen by his corrupt ministers. They milked Somaliland dry by stealing many state institutions. The move of president Bihi will uplift the government reputation of good governance and fight against corruption.”
He went on to say that the committee of public accountability had done a marvelous job. Here are his words “It looks as if the people of Somaliland have realized the importance of transparency and accountability of their government. Parliament has also woken up from slumber and now highlights the state assets in individuals’ hands.”
The chairman of the natural resource committee of the house Hon.Saeed Warsame Ismael (Gaane) speaking about the president’s decree stated “The president has done what ought to be done however there are also many other state assets in the wrong hands they should be hunted down and returned to government control. The return of the oil terminal to government control will upgrade the president standing in the eyes of his supporters. The Oil Terminal should not be managed by the office of the president but a new independent government body should be appointed to manage Oil Terminal. This should be done through a bill tabled in parliament to discuss how best it should be managed.”
About corruption Hon.Saeed (Gaane) said “Mr. President it is important to preserve government property. It is also prudent that the ministers and top government official appointed by the president should concentrate in their lines of duty instead of interfering in others government departments. There are some ministers abusing power for instance the minister of internal security Mr.Mohamed Kazhin Ahmed who took a vehicle intended for the Central Bank of Somaliland Erigavo branch. Mr. President you have to open your eyes many things are not done in the right manner because state official hold huge clout of power they are simply too powerful for the position they represent.
Also speaking to the Horn Newspaper is the deputy chairman of the justice committee Hon.Hassan Musa Hufane (Hassan Karaama) called on the government to return all government assets taken through dubious means. The president has taken a huge stride in confiscating government property from wayward individuals who took advantage of their positions in government to steal from the public. It is also vital for the Berbera Oil Terminal and the Egal International Airport security services and parking to be managed by the government for security reasons.”
Concerning government properties Hon.Hassan Karaama revealed that the parliamentary committee for transparency and accountability had removed the cat from the bag by putting in the spot light many state institution looted by greedy government trustees. He added that the audit of the construction expenses of Burao and Borama correctional facilities will be made public as soon as the investigations are complete.