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Anambra State Legislative Funds Management Bill scales second reading

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BILL for a law to provide for management of funds of the Anambra State House of Assembly and related matters scaled second reading on Tuesday, at the legislative complex, Awka.

  The bill was sponsored by the House’s Majority Leader, Mr Nnamdi Okafor (Awka South I) and debate was conducted in support of the bill.

The speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, who presided during plenary said: “Since various state Houses of Assembly in the country are seeking autonomy, it is proper that we set in motion machinery to help us to secure our own”.

 “The House shall make general regulations to give effect to the provisions of the bill.”

  Lawmakers unanimously adopted the bill to be read for the second time through voice votes.

  Leading the debate, Nnamdi Okafor said: “The 1999 Constitution as amended gave full autonomy to state legislatures in the country.

  “Recently, President Buhari signed an executive order No. 10 to implement the autonomy that has been given to state legislatures all over the country.

  “For us to be able to manage our funds; there is need to have certain laws that will guide us to manage all funds that accrue to this state Assembly.

“The bill seeks to provide for management of funds accruing to the state House of Assembly from the consolidated revenue funds of the state, in order to ensure accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in utilisation of the funds.”

  In his submission, Member, representing Orumba North, Mr Emeka Aforka said it was the only legal instrument for the state legislature that would enable them to apply legislative autonomy.

  “The bill stipulates that, there shall be established a committee known as the House Funds Management Committee with the Speaker as Chairman of the committee.

  “The committee shall consider the manner in which funds in the House accounts are applied for services and administration of the Assembly.

  “The committee shall submit quarterly reports to the House,’

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