House Of Assembly Commission Presents N565m Budget For 2021 Fiscal Year
By Imaobong Linus
November 30, 2020
The Akwa Ibom House of
Assembly Service Commission led by the chairman, Mr Goddy Umoh, has presented a total budgetary sum of
N565.000.000 for the 2021 fiscal
Umoh, a lawyer, who made the
presentation before the House
Committee on Finance and Appropriations recently, noted that the
approved budget which stood at
N215.000.000 was grossly inadequate for the commission to perform optimally, appealing for augmentation in the sum of N350 million to accommodate the proposals
of the commission for 2021 fiscal year.
He expressed displeasure over
the lack of accommodation for the
commission, adding that it was unusual for the commission to lack
office space and facilities for staff
to carry out their responsibilities.
"Mr Chairman on the constitution of Akwa Ibom State House of
Assembly Service Complex, I think
this is the most critical aspect of
this our budget presentation. As I
speak with you, I'm sure you are aware that the commission is a tenant in the House of Assembly which
is unusual. We have done some
analysis to see that 20 states of the
federation had their own different
structures to service the activities
of the House of Assembly, Umoh
The chairman listed the budgeted
projects to include training and development of members and staff of
the commission, consultancy services for automated payroll system
for the commission, purchase of a
generating set, renovation of offices
at the commission complex, purchase of motor vehicles for staff and
the development of the library.
Others are litigation expenses,
legal fees, conduct of seminars and
promotion for the staff of the commission, production and printing of
the annual report of the commission, purchase of equipment and
furniture of the commission and the
review of guidelines and handbooks
of the commission among others.
He noted that the commission
which was backed by the law was
authorized to recruits, promotes, as
well as ensure discipline of the staff.
The chairman of the committee, Mr Uduak Ududoh lauded Umoh
for the good works that he has done
within the short period that he has
assumed office commending him for
the good presentation of the Budget.
Ududoh, who is the member for
Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency in the Assembly assured
that the 2021 budgetary provisions
of the commission as presented will
be studied adequately, as well as
ensuring that they are comfortably
approved with a view to impacting
positively on the staff of the commission.
The chairman was accompanied
by commissioner 2, Dr Roberta
Edem, commissioner 4, Mr Godwin
Awah, secretary of the commission,
Elder Sylvanus Akpan, head of accounts, Mrs Nkoyo Ukpong and
the head of Planning, Research and
Statistics (PRS), Mrs Uduak
Ekpenyong among others.
The chairman, Hotels and Tourism Board, Mr Ini Akpabio, presented a budgetary outlay for the
2021 fiscal year to the tune of N66
million, adding that N100 million
was the budget size in 2020, but
nothing was accessed.
He listed the targeted projects
of the board to include Development of Ibom Children's Park, Development of Ibom Magical Park
and the Development of Ibom Local Tourism among others.
Also the permanent secretary,
office of the Governor, Dr Nathaniel
Adiakpan presented the sum of
N9.3 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
The special adviser, Bureau of
Political Affairs and Social Re-orientation, Mr Amanam Nkanga, presented a budget size of N450 million for 2021 with an expected revenue of N300.000, listing the major
targeted projects to include Establishment of Political Information
System and Data Bank.
The committee chairman
thanked all ministries, department
and agencies (MDA's) for appearing for their presentations, calling
on those yet to appear to endeavour to do so as penalty awaits defaulters.
He assured that the committee
will do everything possible within
its powers in ensuring that the 2021
budget was passed on time for the
state to benefit from what was earmarked by the World Bank for states
in that category.