“…Says posting of DFAs to LG Pension Bureau and LG Service Commission be stopped henceforth and their senior staff should Occupy those offices…”
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation has frowned at the violation of its relevant laws by the State Ministry of Finance.
This, the Assembly said, the ministry should respect all laws passed by the House and assent to by the Governor in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the State.
Hon Aliyu Dogara, the Chairman of the committee stated this when the management of the ministry alongside the State Accountant General, Mr. Zaka Yakubu appeared before the committee on its 2022 budget assessment today in Lafia.
Dogara has urged the ministry of finance to henceforth stop posting of Director of Finance and Accounts ( DFA) to the Local Government Pension Bureau and Local Government Service Commission.
The chairman said that the posting of DFAs to the Local Government Pension Bureau and the Local Government Service Commission by the ministry of finance was against the relevant laws establishing them.
He added that the laws establishing the Local Government Pension Bureau and Local Government Service Commission are clear on the posting of DFAs and wonder why the ministry of Finance is violating the law saying it is unacceptable.
” We want to urge you to respect all relevant laws passed by this House in terms of posting of DFAs to Local Government Pension Bureau and Local Government Service Commission.
” We frown at the violation of laws passed by this Honourable House, their senior staff in that field are to Occupy those positions that is what the law said not you posting staff from the state or elsewhere to them, they are autonomous bodies please, let’s respect the law for accountability and transparency,” he said.
Dogara also urged the ministry to ensure effective supervision of MDAs in the interest of accountability, prudence, and efficiency in service delivery.
He has also cautioned against overspending by MDAs.
The chairman however commended the ministry for its fair revenue performance and called on them to do more
” We want to assure you of our continue partnership and support to take the ministry and the state to the greater height, we are working for the same purpose and the best interest of the government and the State” Dogara added.
Earlier, Hon Daniel Agyeno, the Commissioner of the Ministry, appreciated the committee for supporting its activities to succeed.
The commissioner has assured of the state government’s continued commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in its activities at all times.
Also, speakings, Mr. Emmanuel Alidzi and Mr. Akolo Ataka, the Permanent Secretary and Director of Budget of the ministry respectively while briefing the committee on the budget performance of the ministry and the state at large respectively said that the state is doing well in terms of revenue generation and execution of projects.
They have assured me of their readiness to explore more ways of generating more money into the coffer of the state government.
On his part, Mr. Zakka Yakubu, the State Accountant General while briefing the committee said that the state is having over 9.2 billion outstanding approvals.
” The fact is that in most cases approvals out weight available funds.
” So what we do is that the payment of approval is based on priorities with available funds with the directive by His Excellency,” he said.
The Accountant General has also assured of continued transparency and accountability by the government of Gov. Abdullahi Sule.