In its second extra ordinary sitting held today Thursday 04/06/2020 at the council chamber, presided over by the Speaker, Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya the state house of Assembly has unanimously resolved and recommend to the executive immediate dissolution of local government councils in the state.
This was contained in a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Thursday and signed by the Public Relations Officer Zamfara State House of Assembly, Mustapha Jafaru Kaura.
It also recommended the submission of from the executive names of sole administrators for their rectification to man the affairs of the local councils while mandating the state indipendant electoral commission to start preparing for elections into the local government councils within the period of three months as contained in the section 81 sub section (1) a,and b, of the Zamfara state local government law 2012 as amended.
These recommendations followed the submission of report of 2018 annual audit report and accounts of the 14 local government councils of the state which was read on the floor of the House by chairman public accounts committee of the House Hon Musa Bawa Musa yankuzo who doubled as deputy speaker of the House.
In the said report Hon Musa Bawa Musa heavily cristisaced the 14 local government councils for financial recknessiness and improper records of accounts of the councils totalling into billions of naira.
According to Musa Bawa Musa this is a gross violation of local government financial procedure law as earlier indicted the local government councils by the auditor General for local government’s annual report.
Also contributing for local government councils failure in the state the House leader Faruk Musa Dosara (PDP, Maradun) accused the 14 local government chairmen in the state for towing with the precarious security situation in the state an ugly situation he said that cannot be condoned by the sixth assembly of their time.
After heated debate and deliberations by hon members the House resolved to go into committee of a whole and take decision on the matter.
When later reconvened the House leader Hon Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to allow the presiding officer of the House Rt Hon Nasiru Magarya to read the resolutions of the House which all Members agreed through voice votes.
The speaker announced the five points resolutions which include among others that the 14 local government councils and their co-ordinating ministry should to strictly comply with auditor general’s quarries on so many discrepancies in their accounts and respond the observations to the House in time.
Also part of the resolutions is mandating local government service commission to liaise with office of auditor general for local government to intensify training and re-training of local government accounting staff.
Earlier before these resolutions the House screened and confirmed two special Adivisers nominees Bashiru Abdullahi Ruwan Bore and Usman Sabo Magami.
The House also paid a special tribute to late Hon Tukur Jekada Birnin Tudu who died last Sunday after a brief illness where members took turn to described him as humble, honest, who dedicated his life in the service of Allahu (S.W.A.) and humanity and later the speaker ordered for a special prayer in his honour which was performed by Hon Salihu Usman Zurmi.
Four executive bills went through second reading and send them to appropriate committees for public hearing and necessary formalities.
After exhausting all the items contained in the order paper for today speaker Nasiru Magarya ordered for the adjournment of the sitting to 15/06/2020 where the House officially resumes plenary for the new legislative year.