Niger Assembly to probe Government Finances.
MINNA, Niger state House of Assembly has vowed to investigate all financial transactions of the state government, including all monies accrued and how it was expended.
To this end, the house has constituted a seven man ad-hoc committee and charged them with the responsibility of investigating the state government’s finances, including income and expenditure in the past one year.
The lawmakers reached this resolution after 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.
Malik said 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 expedient for the house to demand accountability.
According to him, he said there was 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 said the efforts was to entrench accountability and probity and was not meant to witch hunt anybody.
Adding voice 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.
He said that will give members opportunity to make informed decisions and even know how funds were expended.
Other members who contributed to the debate agreed with the sponsor of the motion that the powers of check and balance and oversighting rests squarely with the house of assembly.
Although some members of the finance committee chaired by Hon. Falal Bako (Kontagora1), opposed the constitution of ad-hoc committee because they felt it was a vote of no confidence in their activities, majority however were in support of the motion and they carried the day.
Members of the committee include the sponsor of the motion, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso, representing Bosso, Hon Mohammed Alhaji Haruna, representing Bida II, Hon Gambo Rabiu (Paikoro), Hon Falalu Bako representing Kontagora and also the chairman of the house committee on finance, Hon. Ahmad Bello (Agwara constituency) Hon Yabagi Umar (Katcha) and Hon Husseini Yabagi Akote, representing Gbako constituency