Public Procurement Bill Scales Second Reading at Nasarawa Assembly

A Bill for a Law to provide for the Nasarawa State Public Procurement Law 2019, has scaled through second reading at the floor of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

The second reading of the bill was done during an emergency session of the House on Tuesday.

The Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullah House announced this after the Majority Leader, Hon. Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North) moved a motion for the bill to scale second reading.

The Speaker said that the House allowed the bill to scale first and second readings due to the importance of Public Procurement Law to societal development.

According to him, Public Procurement Law relates to those legal provisions which regulate the purchasing and the procuring of services and goods by the government, its authorities and its institutions.

“These include, amongst others, ministries, departments and agencies.”

He said that the Bill, if finally passed into Law would go a long way in ensuring transparency, accountability as well as equitable distribution of resources across the state.

“We have decided to cut short our recess due to the importance of this Executive Bill to the progress and development of our State.

“As Honourable Members, we have love and passion for the state, hence the need for us to cut short our recess to attend to this important matter.

“We want to assure the Governor and the good people of the State that the Bill will soon be passed into Law.

“I hereby commit this Bill to the House Standing committee on Finance and Appropriation to work on the Bill and report back to us as soon as possible,” he said.

The Speaker also used the opportunity to restate the continued commitment of the House to cut short its recess in order to attend to all matters that will bring development to the State.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House, while moving a motion for the bill to scale second reading urged his colleagues to give the Bill a speedy passage considering its importance to societal development.

Hon Danladi Jatau (PDP- Kokona West), the Minority Leader of the House seconded the motion to allow the bill scale second reading.

The Bill was unanimously passed by the House. Next it will go to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further legislative work.

It would be recalled that members of the House who were on recess, had to cut it short to attend to important matters such as the 2020 Budget amongst others.

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