Nasarawa lawmaker appeals for more allocation to ministries

Nasarawa State
Nasarawa State

The lawmaker wants the allocations to be properly utilised.

The member representing Keffi West in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Bala-Moscolo (APC), has appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to increase its revenue allocation to ministries to boost their performance.

Mr. Bala-Moscolo, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, made the call during an assessment visit to the state Ministry of Commerce and Nasarawa Investment Property Development Company, NIPDC Lafia on Friday.

The visit followed the Assembly’s decision to appraise performances of the various ministries with a view to ensuring that allocated funds are adequately utilised.

Mr. Bala-Moscolo enjoined the heads of the Ministry and NIPDC to ensure the training and retraining of staff to keep them abreast with the current procedures. He explained that the ministry cannot live up to expectation unless adequate facilities are put in place hence, the need for government to upscale their allocations in order to overcome the hitches.

The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Emannuel Jaji, in his remarks assured of better times to come.

“The goldmine of Nasarawa State which is the Karu axis will give us a lot of money. We’ve had many companies; they’ve come and they’ve given us their proposals. We’ve gone through the whole proposals, interviewed them, came to a conclusion and selected one of them,” he disclosed

The managing director of NIPDC, Daniel Ajegana, on his part, explained that the company had reached sixty per cent of this year’s budgetary allocation.

Other issues discussed were Karu and Lafia main markets, cooperative societies, Kero Direct Initiative, as well as the need to encourage sesame seed production and exportation.

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