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FG to assist Kebbi on fiscal responsibility Act

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
ABUJA—The Federal Government is to provide technical assistance to Kebbi State in its bid to adopt fiscal responsibility legislation.

The Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Alhaji Aliyu Jibril Yelwa, disclosed this at the end of a meeting between a delegation of Kebbi State House of Assembly and the Commission in Abuja, weekend.

The delegation from the Kebbi State House of Assembly was in the Commission to seek information to guide it on a pending bill on Fiscal Responsibility Legislation in the state.

Alhaji Yelwa also said in fulfillment of this resolve,  the Commission will soon send a team of experts to Kebbi State House of Assembly to enlighteen it on the whole essence of the Fiscal Responsibility Act so as to ensure an enduring fiscal legislation for the state.

Speaking further, Alhaji Yelwa said prior to the enactment of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007, the state of public finance was discretionary as nobody could be held accountable for any lapses in fiscal matters.

He stressed that the Act was enacted to ensure prudent management of  resources and guarantee economic stability for the country.

Alhaji Yelwa stressed the need for states to enact the law, adding that as states and local governments received over 52% of the federation allocation, they have to adopt fiscal legislation to ensure macroeconomic stability of the nation.

While commending Kebbi State House of Assembly for its exertions on the pending bill on fiscal legislation, Alhaji Yelwa appealed to the legislature to ensure that the proposed Commission was independent and secure the buy-in of all the relevant stakeholders.

Earlier in his remarks,  the leader of the delegation and Deputy Chairman, General Administration in the House of Assembly, Honourable Sambo Yusuf Zogirma said the delegation was enriched by the meeting and would be guided by the deliberations in fine-tuning the pending bill on fiscal responsibility legislation in the state.


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