By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi ),
Bauchi State House of Assembly has revealed its plans to make concerted efforts towards improving the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and at the same time block leakage.
Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Honourable Abubakar Suleiman, who made the revelation at a plenary explained that, improving the IGR is very important because of the poor financial situation of the State.
A press release signed by spokesman of the Speaker, Abdul Burra said his boss while delivering his welcome address to the members from end of the year recess, lamented how most states are bedeviled with paucity of funds, advocating that, states should have inward looking for sources of revenue.
Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman, urged the Honourable Members not to forget their oversight functions aimed at ensuring all capital projects and programmes contained in the fiscal year are executed according to specifications and within a time framework.
“Our basic objective to ensure the people for which such projects and programmes are meant to serve, are not shortchanged by greedy contractors and service providers.
“We must strive to ensure our people get value for the resources expended in every contract. We shall partner with the Executive Arm to ensure all leakages of our precious meager resources are effectively blocked.” The Speaker said.
He also commended the members for thorough deliberation and speedy passage of 2020 budget, as well as, their immeasurable support and cooperation accorded to his leadership, assuring them of his resolve to carry everybody along in order to make positive strides in the legislative roles they are saddled with.
The Speaker however tasked the state Lawmakers to deploy the knowledge they acquired from the recent foreign training they attended to churn out legislations for good governance and speedy delivery of dividends of democracy for the good people of Bauchi State.