State House of Assembly on Thursday, October 28, passed the State Audit Amendment Bill, 2021, which seeks to raise the retirement age of the Auditor General of the state and that of the local government from 56 to 60 years of age.
Leader of the House, Hon. Monday Obolo Bubou said the passage and subsequent signing of the bill would bring the law into compliance with international best practices.
Members of the House unanimously spoke in favor of the bill in their separate contributions during plenary on the floor of the Assembly in Yenagoa.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, commended the legislators for their high sense of duty, stressing that the amendment would improve the principal law considerably.
In another development, the Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Bernard Kenebai has lauded Governor Douye Diri for prudent use of funds appropriated by the Assembly for capital projects.
Hon. Kenebai gave the commendation after undertaking an exhaustive facility tour of all ongoing key projects sites across the state.
The Chairman who was accompanied by other members of his committee gave the template for the inspection tour to include; the management and utilization of the funds appropriated, the execution and supervision of the projects, and the standard of integrity of the jobs.
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He said on all counts, the committee was satisfied, and pledged to partner with the executive arm for viable projects while appealing to the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure to undertake deliberate periodic media tours of projects sites. So as to keep Bayelsans properly informed of the government’s genuine efforts to better their lot.
At the Igbogene Transport Terminal, the committee was informed by the site Engineer, Amos Waritimi that the Terminal was conceived as a one-stop shop for all inter-state transporters coming into the state, complete with arrival/departure halls and a banking Hall, all with a view to decongesting the city center.
Engr. Wartime further disclosed that work on the project, which was designed to boost the government’s internally generated revenue (IGR) by at least N30 million monthly, stopped since 2014, but that the present administration decided to continue with it because of its immense utility value.
Inspecting the Nembe Unity Bridge, the Committee applauded the Governor for electing to complete the project started by the previous administration, stressing that even though the lines are important, the integrity of the job supersedes all other considerations.
At the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road, Engr. Lee of Setraco Nigeria Limited told the committee that all the bridges and about 97 culverts have been completed, adding that because of the peculiar terrain, some axis of the road need to be given time for the sand to settle properly.
Hon. Kenebai said the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road is one of the flagship projects of the government, noting that Bayelsa “as a littoral state, much of our wealth is in the sea and that any effort being made to access the sea must be commended”.
Other key project sites visited include, the Ultra-Modern Media Complex, AIT-Igbogene Outer Ring Road, Igbedi Road, Sampou Flood protection and Sampou By-pass Road, Glory Drive Road, phase 2, and the Elebele Bridge project, among others.