From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, has urged the House Standing Committees not to compromise standards while carrying out oversight functions for the state government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to enable development to thrive.
The speaker, who made the call on Monday during the House proceedings in Lafia, charged lawmakers to take the exercise seriously and avoid actions that will compromise the process.
According to him, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has empowered the House to embark on oversight functions, in order to check the activities of MDAs.
He said: “Since it is a constitutional responsibility, we must carry out this responsibility and exercise with all sense of seriousness. This is to know the performances of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“We appropriated funds to MDAs and we needs to know how such funds are expended for the benefit of our people.
“I give you two weeks, for the oversight functions commences today.”
The speaker, however, explained that the oversight functions was not to witch hunt anybody but to ensure that the right things are done for the good of the state.
“The exercise is supposed to be a quarterly one but due to line up of activities before the end of year which ranged from party conventions and primaries it could not hold.
“In the process of the oversight function, they might be side talk, hear say, but do your job as expected and as enshrined in the constitution,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the management and staff of MDAs to give their necessary support and cooperation to the various House Standing Committees to enable them succeed.
The Leader of the House, Umar Tunga moved a motion for the House to proceed on two weeks oversight functions and it was seconded by the Minority Leader, Abel Bala.