Legislators Task MDAs On Expenditure


Activities, at the State House of Assembly picked up last week with the oversight function of Public Accounts/Finance Committee on Ministries, Departments and Parastatals (MDAs).
Also the house committee on judiciary led by Hon.Sam Ogeh also carried out oversight function when it visited the State High Court and met with the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Iyayi Laminkara.
Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Accounts/Finance, Hon Major Jack chaired the sitting of the committee at the Assembly Complex.
On the first day of the sitting, the committee met with the Rector and officials of the Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic and Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board led by Venerable Fyneface Akah.
The Rivers State Civil Service Commission and Offices of the State Accountant General, state Auditor -General all appeared before the Committee within the week.
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Hon. Edision Euhie who also represents Ahoada-East II at the Assembly told newsmen on Thursday that the exercise had been successful even though there are some grey areas to be cleared by some of the imports.
In the words of Hon. Ehie, “We are aware that the Rivers State Government has made budgeting releases in line with the law, and we are asking then to give us a break dome of their first, second, and third quarter expenditures”.
For the chairman of the Joint Committee, Hon. Major Jack, who is the House Deputy whip, the exercise will collage submissions and make a report, which will be submitted to the House for scrutiny and approval.
Last Wednesday, the House Committee on the judiciary led by its Chairman and member representing Emohua State Constituency, Hon. Ogeh conducted an oversight at the State Judiciary Complex.
The Committee with the Chief Judge, Justice Laminkara who welcomed the group and intimated them about the activities of the arm of government.
Justice Laminkara was full of praises for the Chief Wike led administration, which according to her has given the judiciary a new lease of life since it came on board in 2015.
The Chief Judge submitted that unlike in the past the judiciary now reviews its allocation as at when one, and that salary and other benefits are also being paid.
However, Justice Laminkara decried poor securing for staff, especially judges, as she recalled the incidence of March this year when hoodlums invaded the premises of the judiciary.
She insisted that judges and other judiciary staffers must be provided with adequate security for optimum performance.