By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi—Bauchi State House of Assembly has begun amendment of the law on local government council’s joint accounts in the state, saying it is to ensure accountability in the management of funds meant for development at the grassroots.
It has equally asked Governor Isa Yuguda to constitute a committee to assess the levels of damage done to the state by flood.
Briefing newsmen after the house sitting, chairman, House Committee on information, Daiyabu Chiroma, said the motiven was to activate the offices of the commissioner for Local government and permanent secretary so that they could advise the governor on Local government matters.
According to Chiroma, “ the bill came at the right time when there is an urgent need to extend the dividends democracy to all the nooks and crannies of the state in tandem with Yuguda administration agenda of carrying the people at the grassroots along in the activities of the government.”
He said section 4 (a) of the constitution gave the house the power to promulgate such laws to ensure checks and balances between the executive and the legislatures.
Earlier, the house mandated the clerk to write governor Yuguda to without further delay constitute a high powered committee that would tour all the 20 local government areas of the state to access the extent of damage done by flood with a view to cushioning its effects on people.
This followed recent flood disaster that ravaged the entire state claiming lives and property.