The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly (AKHA) has passed into law a Bill to Establish the Akwa Ibom State College of Health Technology and for other matters connected therewith.
The report of the bill which was sponsored by the member for Etinan State Constituency, Mr Aniefiok Dennis, was presented to the House during plenary recently by the member for Abak State Constituency and chairman, House Committee on Health, Elder Udeme Otong.
Otong stated that the conversion of the School of Health Sciences to a College of Health Technology will make the school to become a Degree awarding institution, as well as attracting funding from donor agencies like the World Bank, United Nations Development Fund and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund.
Also, a Bill for Akwa Ibom State Legislative Funds Management Bill, 2019 sponsored by the member for Oruk Anam State Constituency and House leader, Sir Udo Kierian Akpan, scaled second reading at plenary.
Akpan, while leading the debate said the bill seeks to provide for the management of funds accruing to the State House of Assembly from the consolidated revenue fund of the state in ensuring accountability, transparency, effective and efficient utilization of funds.
He said the bill also provides for the establishment of a committee known as the fund management board which shall consider matters in which funds in the House Account are applied for the services and administration of the State House of Assembly.
The lawmaker maintained that the board shall submit quarterly reports in respect of funds accruing to the State House of Assembly, adding that the board shall have the clerk of the House as chairman of the board with directors of various departments and units as members.
He listed the departments and units to include administration, supplies, legislative matters, finance, accounts, planning, research and statistics, legislative budget, audit and legal services.
Akpan stated that the board shall perform functions relating to all contracts, works, services and procurements of the State House of Assembly up to the sum of N5 million, appealing for support from other members of the House to enable the bill see the light of the day.
The speaker of the House, Mr Aniekan Bassey, while commending the House leader for the bill, directed the House committee on Finance and Appropriations to conduct an indepth study on the bill and report back to the House within one month.