The Sokoto State House of Assembly has amended its resolution on a N3.4 billion loan facility from Access Bank for the procurement of 150 metric tones of fertiliser for the state.
The resolution followed a motion moved by the Leader of the House, Alhaji Bello Ambarura (APC-Illela), and seconded by Alhaji Sule Hantsi-Romo (PDP-Tambuwal West) at Wednesday’s plenary.
Ambarura reminded his colleagues that the Assembly had on April 22, approved the state government request to access the loan facility for the procurement of 150 metric tonnes of fertiliser.
“However, certain observations were made by the Debt Management Office through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.
“This include that the metric tones of fertiliser is 25,000 metric tones instead of 150 metric tones approved by the Assembly.
“Moreover, the Assembly did not state the source of repayment for the loan, which is through deductions from the Statutory Allocation from the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).
“Therefore, be it resolved by this Assembly to consider the amendment and approved them as stated,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji, who presided over the session, put the motion into a voice vote and was unanimously accepted by the members.
In another development, the Assembly had accepted the request for the presentation of a Bill to provide for the establishment of the Sokoto State Judiciary Financial Autonomy.
This followed a motion moved by the sponsor, Alhaji Maidawa Kajiji (APC-Shagari) and seconded by Alhaji Mode Sanyinna (PDP-Tambuwal East).
According to Kajiji, the Bill is to provide for the Judiciary self accounting and also as a legal framework within which the state Judiciary will operate in compliance with the provision of the Constitution.
“The Bill will also operate in compliance with the Executive Order 10 of 2020, recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance effective dispensation of Justice in the state,” he said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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