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Worried by the poor development of communities across the 13 Local Government Areas of Nasaraw State, the State House of Assembly has summoned two commissioners to appear before it on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, (today) at the Assembly Chamber.
Those summoned are the state Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development, and Chieftaincy Affairs, Yusuf Turaki, and the Commissioner for Finance, Daniel Agyeno.
The State Accountant-General, Zakka Yakubu, is also expected to appear alongside the two commissioners.
This, the House said, was to enable them explain how the State Financial, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability funds, the Ecological funds, the State Internally Generated Revenue and the Paris Club refunds were received and disbursed to the tiers of government in the state, especially that of the Local Government.
Speaker of the State Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, summoned the government officials after the Chief Whip of the House, Muhammed Muluku, raised concerns about the underdevelopment at the grassroots while the assembly was deliberating on matters of public importance in Lafia on Monday.
The speaker said that inviting the government officials was not a witch hunt exercise but to enable them to explain vividly how the funds are being used between the state and the local government areas.
The Speaker said, “I want to appreciate Hon. Muluku and all of you for your positive contributions on this subject matter. I have said it severally that we are all elected to represent our people well at this state assembly.
“The people we are representing will judge us, posterity will judge us and God will judge us based on our actions and inactions, these are judgments that await us. In the process of discharging our duties, we will receive condemnations and insults from people who do not understand legislative work and activities.
“Unfortunately, some of our people will not understand the roles of the legislative. We are doing our best to protect the system and let them say what they want to say. But how can we allow something that was meant for the local government to be diverted somewhere, we have to investigate the matter.
“It is in view of this, that we invite the State Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Commissioner for Finance, and the State Accountant-General to appear before us tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, by 10 am at the assembly chamber.”
In their contributions, Hon. Mohammed Okpoku, Hon. Daniel Ogazi and Hon. David Maiyaki lamented on how lack of finances at the local government level had affected development at the grassroots.
They said that if urgent steps are not taken, the aim of establishing the local government would be defeated.
Earlier, Hon. Muhammed Muluku, while raising the issue said, “How can the local government be developed without finances, if actually, we want development at the local government, there is the need to invite those involved in managing government resources and activities to appear before us to explain why there is no development at the grassroots.”