October 13, 2014

Enugu Assembly begins scrutiny of state govt’s accounts

By Austin Ogwuda

ENUGU—Members of Enugu State House of Assembly have begun the scrutiny of the accounts of the Government of Enugu State for the year ended 31st December 2013 together with the financial statements of the Auditor-General.

The Auditor-General had earlier presented the government financial report to the House.

At its sitting last Thursday, the House committed the Auditor-General’s presentation to its Committee on Public Accounts for properly scrutiny.

Following the presentation of the report Leader of the House, Mr. Sunday Udeh-Okoye, moved a motion that the report be formally received, which was later committed it to its Public Accounts Committee.

The Committee was given a three-week deadline to work on it and report back to the general House for further action.

Also, a Bill for a law to establish the Enugu State Special Needs Agency, has passed through the Second Reading.

The Bill sponsored by a female member of the 24-member Assembly, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, representing Ezeagu constituency, when passed into law, will make it compulsory for public buildings to have provision for lifts (where necessary), supporting hand rails and ramps to make them accessible to persons with special needs including  those on wheel-chairs and the visually impaired.

It stipulates also that “the state should recognize sign language as an official language in the state being the primary mode of communication for deaf citizens; major news and programmes presented via state owned television shall be as well run in sign language and sub-titled.

That any officer who approves or directs the approval of a building plan that contravenes the building code for the special needs shall be liable to fine of a minimum of N250,000 or two years imprisonment or to both fine and imprisonment.”

The bill also seeks to provide special designated parks for those with special needs.

The House has adjourned sitting to tomorrow.