Akwa Ibom Assembly passes State Audit Service Commission Bill into law

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has passed a bill for the establishment of a commission that will encourage honesty, transparency and accountability in the management of public funds.

The Akwa Ibom State Audit Service Commission Bill, 2021 is an executive bill sponsored by the Udom Emmanuel led government. It was first read on 22 June 2021.

 

The legislation, when assed into Law, will align with best world practices as it will repealed the existing Law of 2000.

The State House of Assembly on Monday June 28 passed the bill into law following a report of the House Committee on Public Accounts.

The committee’s report was presented by its Chairman, Hon (Dr) Charity Ido, member representing Ukanafun State Constituency.

Presenting her Committee’s report, Dr Ido stated that with the establishment of the commission, there will be a degree of autonomy for the offices of the Auditor General for the state and that of the local governments to carry out their mandates without fear and interference.

The House which dissolved into a Committee of the Whole and presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey, took up the new bill Clause by Clause with amendments to the existing Audit Law, Cap 17 Vol 1, laws of Akwa lbom State of Nigeria 2000, and enacted on June 20, 1997, saw many amendments and or expunge of unwanted clauses.

The bill was thereafter read the third time and subsequently passed into law.

After the bill was passed into law, the Speaker asked the Clerk of the House to forward it to the State Governor for assent.

The House has adjourned sitting to Tuesday July 6, 2021.

Earlier, the House considered a motion on the urgent need to relocate illegal abattoirs situated across the state and sponsored by the member representing Uyo State Constituency, Hon Anietie Eka.

Moving the motion, Hon Eka decried the menace of hazardous wastes and offensive stench and odours emanating from such illegal abattoirs in many residential areas across the state.

He particularly mentioned the serious health and environmental hazards to over 4000 residents living within Usanga Udoh Lane and Street in Uyo metropolis respectively.

He decried the carbon monoxide emitted with serious air pollution caused by operators of those illegal abattoirs through the burning of old tyres for hides and skin defurring as well as livestock smoking which are inimical to the health of the people.

“Those illegal practices, according to the law maker, have resulted in accumulation of soot and potential other health implications such as skin irritation, blindness, respiratory effects and cancer, among other health hazards that may affect the people living within such areas.

Many lawmakers who supported the motion called for immediate government action on the matter.

In their resolution, the House urged the Akwa lbom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency to search for and identify such illegal abattoirs around the state with a view to nipping their operations in the bud.

In another development, the House considered a motion on the urgent need to arrest the menace of substance abuse amongst youths and students in the state.

The motion which was sponsored by the Deputy Leader of the House and Chairman, House Committee on Information, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan maintained that substance abuse has become a serious concern to public health both in the state and Nigeria.

He listed commonly used and abused substances to include cannabis, cocaine, codeine and psychotropic substances such as amphetamine, heroine, diazepam, rohypnol, opioid and tramadol

Moving the motion, Barr Dennis said Nigerians are concerned with the incessant patronage of hard drugs by our pupils in primary and students in secondary schools as well as under graduates in the universities, who use those drugs as boosters for their egos and self confidence, all in their attempts to molest, rape and carry arms against their teachers and colleagues.

He noted that all the rising cases of militancy, banditry, cultism and kidnapping etc could be attributed to substance abuse by our youth which have led to increase in morbidity, mortality and insanity among our young people.

He therefore called on relevant government agencies to take a holistic view about the menace with a view to addressing it urgently.

Meanwhile, the House has adjourned sitting to Tuesday July 6, 2021 at 10 am.

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