Nasarawa Assembly seeks clarification on 1 per cent deduction for security

Tanko Almakura, Nassarawa State Governor

Mr. Akwashiki said that the deduction was to support the Nigerian Police in tackling the lingering security challenges facing the nation.

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday asked the National Economic Council, NEC, to provide a specific time frame within which the state would commence the forfeiture of one per cent of its statutory allocation to support the police.

The House took the decision after it deliberated the request for the commencement of the deduction read by its Majority Leader, Godiya Akwashiki, on behalf of Governor Tanko Al-Makura in Lafia.

Mr. Akwashiki, who is also a member representing Nassarawa Eggon West Constituency, said that NEC was demanding a resolution from all state Houses of Assembly to endorse the deduction to support the Nigeria Police.

“I want to present this message, on behalf of Governor Tanko Al-Makura, which originated from the NEC.

“It demands for the resolution of this House to enable it to deduct one per cent of the state’s statutory revenue allocation to support Nigeria Police.”

Mr. Akwashiki said that the deduction was to support the Nigerian Police in tackling the lingering security challenges facing the nation.

In his contribution, Danladi Jatau (PDP-Kokona West), commended NEC for its positive decision in seeking for the House resolution to make the deduction.

“The assembly is ready to pass the resolution at any time in order to support the police in tackling insecurity in the country.

“But, the question here is that there is no time frame for the deduction of the state’s revenue allocation from the federation account.

“What of if the insecurity challenges bedevilling the nation ends today or tomorrow or at any moment?

“NEC supposes to specify the time frame. For how long will the deduction last? That is the major question that has not been addressed in the letter.

“I am calling on my colleagues to support my motion to enable NEC to clear the air on how long the deduction will last to enable the House to pass a resolution.”

Also, Madaki Ada-Goje (PDP-Toto), seconded the motion for the specification of time frame for the deduction.

The lawmaker unanimously adopted the motion.

The Speaker of the House, Musa Ahmed (PDP-Nasarawa), directed the clerk to communicate the lawmakers’ resolution to the governor for necessary action.

(NAN)


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