Kwara Assembly gives ultimatum to Auditor-General to submit the State audit report
There was a mild drama prior to the debate on the motion for the presentation of report of the Public Account Committee on the Activities and Performance of the Office of Auditor-General as the seconder of the motion by the rule of the House, shall be the Minority Leader.
This is because the position of Minority Leader is non existent in the House as all the 24 members of the House belong to the All Progressives Congress .
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, citing Sections of the Constitution and rules of the House, thanked the people of the state for returning the Kwara State House of Assembly hundred percent,for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and stated that the state would have no regret for the development.
Dr. Ahmad explained with delight that, the good governance that is envisaged by the rules have been met, going by the cordial relationship existing between the Executive and Legislative arms of government.
The House ,according to the Speaker,who read the resolutions now resolved that, the ultimatum given to the committee and the Office of the Auditor General, to lay the report on the floor of the House, be extended till the 15th of April.
It would be recalled that last week, the House had summoned the State Commissioners for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, State Accountant and Auditor Generals,to appear before the Committee on Public Account, over the inability of the State Auditor General to lay the audit report of the state government, for the year 2015,as required by the law.
Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Hon. AbdulRasheed Taiwo Abdullahi and his committee, who interacted with the executive arm of government informed the House, of the readiness of the state government to fully fund the office of the Auditor General, and do everything possible to enable him perform his functions, as enshrined in the Constitution.
The House equally formally received the audited report of 16 Local Government Councils, for the financial year ended 31st December, 2015, forwarded to the House,by the Auditor General for Local Government and directed its Committee on Public Account, to invite relevant stakeholders on issues raised in the report, and to come up with a report for further legislative action.