The Jigawa State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Economic Planning has submitted its report on Public Expenditure and Financial Management bill to the House.
Submitting the report, the Chairman House Committee on Finance and Economic Planning, Honourable Suleiman Musa Kadira member representing Guri constituency told the House that the Public Expenditure and Financial Management Bill was transmitted to the House of Assembly by the State Governor as an executive bill and that it has scaled the first and second reading after deliberations on its merits and was thereafter referred to the committee for consideration.
HonourableKadira said the committee has held meeting to review the content of the bill and ascertain consistency and avoid conflict with the related existing laws in the State which include Fiscal Responsibility Law, Economic Planning Board Law, Procurement law, Local Government Law, Ministry of Finance Incorporated Law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
He also said the committee has in the course of discharging its duty requested inputs from Ministries, Department and Agencies such as the Ministries of Finance and Justice, Budget and Economic Planning, Offices of the Accountant General and Auditor General, Board of Internal Revenue and other stakeholders for harmonization.
He hoped that the House will consider and approve the recommendations of the committee to allow for the passage of the bill in view of its importance.
In a related development the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Sani IsiyakuAbubakar who represents the committee chairman has submitted the committee’s final report on the report of the Auditor General on the accounts of the Jigawa State Government and the 27 local governments to the House.
HonourableAbubakar told the House that the Jigawa State Government and 27 local governments audited accounts for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 prepared by the Offices of the Auditor Generals State and Local Governments was referred to the House Standing Committee on Public Accounts for study and reporting back to the House for further legislative proceedings.
Part of the recommendations of the committee was the need for all the local government councils to explore more ways of improving their internally generated revenue so as to guard against total dependence on federal allocations every month.