Nasarawa assembly passes law establishing debt management office, public audit, others

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By Anthony Maliki

Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed four executive bills into law, among which are laws establishing the Nasarawa State Debt Management Office, as well as the state Public Audit Law, aimed at enhancing accountability and transparency.

Speaker of the assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, announced the passage of the bills into law after the house leader, Hon. Tanko Tunga moved the motion during the House proceedings, on Monday, in Lafia.

The bills passed are, a Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Contributory Health Scheme and Other Related Matters, Bill for a Law to Enact the Nasarawa State Public Audit Law 2021 and for Other Matters Connected Therewith, Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of Office of the Auditor General for Local Governments and Other Matters Incidental Thereto and and Bill for a Law for the Establishment of the Nasarawa State Debt Management Office and for Other Matters Connected Therewith.

Rt. Hon. Balarabe said that, the Nasarawa State Public Audit law among other bills passed during the day’s sitting will enhance accountability, probity and transparency in governance.

Balarabe said that the Nasarawa State Contributory Health Scheme would improve on the health status of civil servants and other people of the state if assented to by the Governor.

The speaker therefore, directed the clerk to the House to produce clean copies of the bills for Gov.Sule’s assent.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House moved the motions for the passage of the four bills into law, following which, Mr Luka Iliya Zhekaba, Deputy Minority Leader of the House, seconded the motions.

The House unanimously passed the four bills into law.

In the same vain, abill to repeal the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Financial Management Law 2020 and for Other Matters Connected Therewith scaled first and second readings during the House proceedings.

The speaker has committed the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation and that of Public Account to work on the bill and report to the House as soon as they resume from recess.

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