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Bauchi Assembly to abolish ministry of budget and economic planning

| April 27, 2013 More


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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Bauchi State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning will soon cease to exist immediately the state governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, assents the bill for a law to establish the Bauchi State Planning Commission which was last week passed by the state House of Assembly before it proceeded on a 40-day recess.

 Presenting the report of the House Committee on Finance and Economic Development on the bill on the floor of the House, the acting chairman of the committee, Honourable Garba Babale, submitted that planning was generally a road map to development, as it provided clear sense of direction to the activities of the  government.

 According to him, “It strengtens confidence in understanding where the  government is heading to.”

 He noted that the commision if established, would co-ordinate all development plans for the state and local governments, adding that, “from the content of the bill, the commission, if established shall have the mandate among others to determine and advise the government of the state on matters relating to development and overall management of the state economy.”

Following the submission of the report and deliberation by members, the House unanimously passed the bill, which was sponsored by the state Ministry of Budget ad Economic Planning, with the directive that once the bill was assented to by the state governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, the ministry would cease to exist.

Also, the House passed the bill for a law to amend the renumeration of public and political office holders law 2007, which was sponsored by Honouerable Dayyabu Chiroma; a bill for a law to amend the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi Law 1988 for the purpose of merging the College of Administrative and Business Studies and a bill for a law to amend the creation of additional districts and village areas law in the state.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Muhammed Yayaha Miya, has called on the members to observe due diligence in the discharge of their responsibilities, saying that they should take the business of legislating for the state serious.

The speaker, while adjourning sitting till after resumption from recess told members that the people of the state were keenly watching the legislative arm of  government in the state, saying that, “over 4.5 million people of the state are waiting and watching what we are doing here.”

The House has since commenced a 40-day recess and will resume for plenary on May 21, 2013.

Category: Bauchi State News

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