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Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2020

Niger Assembly sets up committee to investigate state finances

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

The Niger State House of Assembly has set up a seven man committee to investigate all financial transactions of the state government, including all monies accrued and how it was expended.
The seven man ad-hoc committee constituted are charged with the responsibility of investigating the state government’s finances that include all income and expenditure in the past one year of governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
The resolution was reached by the legislatures after the member representing Bosso constituency, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso moved a motion of urgent public importance, drawing attention of the lawmakers that the expenditure of government was not transparent and negate the appropriation law.
Hon. Bosso stated after the passage of the budget, government expenditure shall not only be in accordance with the appropriation law but must also be transparent and accountable. He said with the way things were going, it became imperative for the house to demand accountability.
According to him, “there is nothing on the ground to show in terms of projects and programmes despite all the monies collected from the Federation Account, Internally Generated Revenues and other sources, hence the need for people of the state to know what was collected and used on their behalf.
He added that the efforts was to entrench accountability and probity and was not meant to witch hunt anybody.
Also to the motion, the member representing Bida II, Hon Mohammed Alhaji Haruna said since the year was rounding up and budget would soon be presented, there was indeed need for the house to be abreast with the state financial transactions.

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