The Revised version and Supplementary 2016 Budget Bills of the Niger State Government, has passed Second reading at the State House of Assembly at its plenary.
The resubmitted Bills was sequel to the directive of the House to the State Ministry of Budget and Planning, as a result of the resolution of the House, directing the ministry officials to resubmit the two documents, in compliance with the request of the motion moved by the House Joint Committee Chairman on Appropriation and Finance at the plenary of the Assembly held last week Thursday, which complained that the earlier submitted single document containing the proposed Supplementary Budget Bill, contravened the set down procedures and processes , which Prompted the resolution of the House on the matter as directed by the Hon. Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Marafa Ahmed Guni.
Majority leader of the House, Hon. Isah Dandodo Ibrahim, who announced the resubmission of the two documents and later laid it on table appealed to his colleagues to fast tract the consideration of the Bills, in view of its urgency and importance to the State.
In his remark, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Marafa Ahmed Guni, explained that the House has decided to Suspend Article 7 order 3 to ensure accelerated Considerations with members at the Plenary, which was unanimously adopted, to pay way for debate and contributions from the floor of the House.
At the end of contributions by some lawmakers, on the desirability of fast tracking the consideration of the Revised and Supplementary Budget Bills Proposals, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Marafa Ahmed Guni, after due consultation with the House, directed the two Bills to the Joint House Committees on Appropriation and Planning for detail scrutiny with relevant officials of the concerned ministry and to report back to the House at plenary, its recommendations for further legislative action within one week period.
Meanwhile, the House has received two executive correspondences as announced by the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Marafa Ahmed Guni, which was sent by the Governor of the State, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello seeking for the resolutions of the House on the two issues.
The Executive arm has demanded for the consideration of the House on the Central Bank of Nigeria offer of commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme Facility of N2.5 Billion for the state, from Zenith Bank PLC, for the purpose of purchasing grains under its buffer stock Programme, with an interest rate of 9% per annum and monthly repayment of proceeds from the federation allocation committee (FAAC) remittances.
The request was subsequently approved by the House through voice vote when the Speaker ask for adoption on the matter and the Clerk of the House, Alh. Abdullahi Mohammed Kagara was later directed to transmit the House resolution on the request, in accordance with relevant section of the constitution to the Executive for further action.
The House has also adopted the Second request for its resolution on the Federal Government Programme credit line of N3.0 Billion for the State, as requested by the executive which was read by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Marafa Ahmed Guni, which will afford the State to procure 30, 000 Metric tones of fertilizer for the 2017 cropping season.
After some Contributions in Support of the facility by some of the Hon. Members who spoke on the matter, it was subsequently adopted, for the executive to receive the facility, which also has interest of 9% with a monthly payment from proceeds of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) remittances.
The Speaker later directed the Clerk of the House, Alh. Abdullahi Mohammed Kagara, to transmit the House resolutions on the matter to the Executive for further action.
In another development, the House has passed a vote of no confidence on the State Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Alh. Shehu Yusuf Galadima.
This was as a result of the briefing to the House at the plenarymade by the Clerk of the House Alh. Abdullahi Mohammed Kagara who disclosed that the directive of the leadership of the House during an executive section with the C.S.C Chairman to send the required document was not complied by the C.S.C Chairman on staff verification exercise in the state, this prompted the reaction of Hon. John Paul Bahago, member representing Munya Constituency that the failure to comply on the House directive was on affront to the legislature and the constitution and should not be condole with and move the motion to pass a vote of no confidence on the C.S.C Chairman and was subsequently adopted, after the House Committee Chairman on Labour, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso, further informed the House on the earlier fruitless efforts to get the required documents from the C.S.C Chairman failed on deaf ears.
Hence the behavior of the C.S.C Chairman attracted condemnations from the members of the House who saw that action as a fragrant disrespect to the legislature and the constitution and should attract appropriate sanctions and the Speaker subsequently asked if the motion to pass a vote of no confidence subsist, which was eventually adopted unanimously by the whole House through a voice vote.
The Speaker then pronounced the decision of the House to pass a vote of no confidence on the erring C.S.C Chairman Alh. Shehu Yusuf Galadima.
The Speaker Rt. Hon. Marafa Ahmed Guni then directed the Clerk of the House Alh. Abdullahi Mohammed Kagara to transmit the resolutions of the House to the Executive for necessary action.
In another development, the House has also adopted a motion calling on the State Government to immediately intervened into the non accreditation Crisis bedeviling the State Health Institutions, which includes, College of Nursing Bida, School Health and Technology and School of Midwifery Minna, and School Health and Technology Tungan Magajiya respectively, as Sponsored by Hon. Mohammed Alhaji Haruna, Member representing Bida South Constituency and Seconded by Hon. Kasim Bako Alfa, who represent Bida North Constituency respectively.
Deputy Speaker of the House Hon. Hussaini Ibrahim, while contributing on the matter, suggested that the present Administration in the State must do the needful to ensure that the deplorable conditions of the Health Institutions in the State, which produces the Middle Cadre manpower should not be allowed to witness neglect as practice by the past Administration in the State, hence the need to salvage the situation, through Budgetary allocations to provide the Institutions with the resources to have all the necessary manpower needs and other essentials requirements to secure the accreditation by the National Nursing Council of Nigeria, before the inspection visit schedule for march this year, adding that the leadership of the House should take up the matter with relevant Stakeholders and the Executive for necessary proactive measure to avert the unfortunate situation on the plight of the Institutions in the State, in line with the present Change Mantra of the Administration in the State.
Most of the contributions on the issues by the members of the House expressed the need for quick action and supported the observations of the motion and the Speaker subsequently seek for the House adoption which was granted with immediate effect, to seek for the suspension of the visitation panel of relevant agencies to the School for the next 6 months, and accelerated government intervention through the Ministries of Health and Education in the State and the Speaker Rt. Hon. Marafa Ahmed Guni directed the Clerk of the House Alh. Abdulahhi Mohammed Kagara to communicate the House decision to the appropriate authorities for further compliance.
In the meantime, the motion calling the House to apply relevant sanctions on some Councilors of Suleja Legislative Council as a result of their flagrant violation and abuse of Section 201 Subsection 3 against the Chairman of the Council after the lawful removal of the former Chairman by the Executive arm of the State government as recommended by the House recently, the request of the sponsor of the motion was however deferred for 1 week, as a result of the passionate appeal made by Hon. Shua’aibu Mohammed Liman Iya, minority whip and member representing Suleja Constituency who pleaded for the House to allow elders of the areas to wade into the matter for amicable settlement of the dispute in contention and the Speaker of the House subsequently ruled that the matter be step down to allow relevant Stakeholders the opportunity to consult with the Executive to solve the lingering power play in Suleja Local Government Council between the Legislative and the Council executive as requested by the member representing the area within stipulated period adopted by the House.
In another development, the report of the House Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges, has also been recommended to the House, for the suspension of the deliberations on a petition made by the people of Suleja, seeking the House intervention on a disputed land area, between the people of the community and some Government Agencies in the State.
According to the House Committee Chairman on Public Petitions, Hon. Adamu Hassan Abugi, member representing Lapai Constituency informed the House that the Committee after careful study of the matter and visit to the disputed land located at Rafin Sanyi, behind Army Engineering Barracks in Suleja, with all relev ant Stakeholders present during its investigation exercise, discovered that the matter has become a matter litigation at the Suleja High Court as filed by the aggrieved Community members.
The Public Petitions Chairman therefore explained to the House that since the matter was before the court, the Committee strongly recommended stay of action by the House on the matter and hence advise the House to suspend any further deliberations, to allow the court to adjudicate more appropriately on the disputes between the people of Suleja Community and the relevant agencies in line with the House usual practice.
In his remark, the Speaker Rt. Hon. Marafa Ahmed Guni, after listening to the submission of the House Committee’s report and recommendations and subsequent unanimous support of its recommendations by the members of the House directed the Clerk, Alh. Abdulahhi Mohammed Kagara to communicate the House resolutions to the appropriate quarters for further action, the House was later adjourned by the Speaker to the next legislative day as moved by the Majority Leader.
Alh. Sabo Adamu