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Niger as­sem­bly con­sti­tutes c’ttee to in­ves­ti­gate gov’s ex­pen­di­ture

- From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Minna Nigeria News · U.S. News · Politics

Niger State House of As­sem­bly has con­sti­tuted a seven-man com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the state’s ex­pen­di­ture un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gov­er­nor Abubakar Sani Bello in the past one year.

The find­ings of the com­mit­tee are ex­pected to in­clude fed­eral al­lo­ca­tions ac­cru­ing to the state and In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue (IGR) for the state.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter a mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Bosso con­stituency, Ab­dul­ma­lik Madaki, raised a mo­tion of ur­gent pub­lic im­por­tance dur­ing the house ple­nary on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the law­maker, the ex­pen­di­ture of the state gov­ern­ment for the past one year had not been car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the ap­pro­pri­a­tion law and that it was not trans­par­ent.

He main­tained that yearly es­ti­mate and ex­pen­di­ture by law had to be laid be­fore the House of As­sem­bly in ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 121 sub-sec­tion 1 of 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion as amended.

Madaki said that was never done and as elected of­fi­cials that must be put to check for ef­fec­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery.

The state gov­ern­ment in its re­ac­tion said the state As­sem­bly has not done any­thing strange, rather per­form­ing its re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Adding to that, the State Gov­ern­ment un­der the able lead­er­ship of Dr Abubakar Sani Bello has re­mained stead­fast and en­sured pru­dent man­age­ment of its lean re­sources,” the state’s Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Strat­egy, Muham­mad Sani Idris, said, adding that the chal­lenge of the COVID-19 pan­demic that has al­most grounded world economies has not in any way made the gov­ern­ment lose fo­cus.

He said the ex­ec­u­tive arm of gov­ern­ment is al­ways open to any en­gage­ment and co­op­er­a­tion with the state as­sem­bly to fur­ther pro­mote good gov­er­nance hinged on the tenets of pru­dence and ac­count­abil­ity in ex­pend­ing gov­ern­ment re­sources.

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