By Andrew Ikehi
The Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), Tuesday, commenced second reading on a Bill to establish the Delta State Finance Management Law, 2021.
However, further debate on the Bill which came up for hearing at Tuesday’s Plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori was suspended shortly after the lead sponsor and Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Anthony Elekeokwuri gave a robust debate on the merits of the Bill.
The Suspension of the debate which was announced by the Speaker is to enable other critical stakeholders, particularly co-sponsors of the “all important” Bill the opportunity to contribute effectively towards the ongoing debate.
Further hearing on the Bill, according to the Speaker, will continue today, Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
While, opening debate on the Bill yesterday, the Lead Sponsor and member representing Ika North East in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Anthony Elekeokwuri, noted that the Bill, when passed into law, will help in mitigating sharp practices in the State accounting and financial System just as it would help in enhancing transparency and accountability
The Bill, Elekeokwuri insists, will ensure that resources in the State were allocated based in merits, adding that it will also help in harmonising all the financial laws in the State.
Speaking further on the merits of the Bill, the Lawmaker noted that the 37 clause Bill, when passed into law, will put the State in the front Burner, globally as a State that is committed and serious in entrenching the spirit of accountability, transparency and anti-corruption.
He said, “If we pass this all important Bill into law, it will go a long way in showing the World that Delta State is serious in its drive towards accountability, transparency and anti-corruption”.
Further hearing on the Bill, continues today, Wednesday, October 6, 2021.