“… Turn down budget defense of bureau for rural development over poor preparation… ”
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on, NASIEC, Multilateral and Community Development, has re-assured the State Independent Electoral Commission NASIEC of its continuous support for the commission to discharge its activities without hindrance.
Hon. Mohammed Okpoku, the Chairman of the Committee gave the assurance when the management of the Commission appeared before the committee on its 2023 budget defence at the assembly complex, today Wednesday.
He said that the committee decided to invite the commission to enable it defend its 2023 budget with the view of addressing any challenge or challenges if they have.
” We are all working together for the overall development of the state.
” We will continue to support you to discharge your duties effectively as the importance of the commission is critical to grassroots development.
Okpoku appreciated the 2022 budget performance of the Commission and promised to work in synergy with the Commission to overcome its challenges.
The chairman urged the management to continue to adhere strictly to the law establishing the commission for good governance and grassroots development.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Commission, Ayuba Wandai Usman commended the assembly for the support the Commission has been enjoying from it and called for its sustainance.
Ayuba Wandai disclosed that the Commission will start preparation for the Local Government Election in the first quarter of next year.
” This is because the tenure of the elected Local Governmet Council officials will come to an end in October 2024,” he said.
The Chairman disclosed that the commission recorded 66℅ budget performance from January to November 2022 and promised to achieve more before the end of the year.
He make a case for the review of electoral law of the commission to enable its address some of the grey areas .
In another development, the State House of Assembly Committee on Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, Multilateral Cooperation and Community Development headed by Mohammed Okpoku expressed displeasure over the inability of the management of State Bureau for Rural Development to convincingly defend its budget and directed them to go back and prepare and come back next week Tuesday for proper defense.
The Director Finance and Account of the Bureau, Adamu Bala Turaki, promised to do the needful and return back as directed.