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Plateau Assembly issues ultimatum to MDAs on budget implementation

27 September 2012, 11:30

Plateau - The Plateau House of Assembly has directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to submit their budget performance report for the year ``within 14 days'', or be sanctioned.

The Speaker, Mr John Dabwan, gave the ultimatum at the sitting of the assembly on Thursday.

``The MDAs have just 14 days to comply with the directive or face the wrath of the assembly,'' he said.

Dabwan said the ultimatum was with immediate effect and in line with the oversight functions of the assembly which had to do with accountability.

The speaker noted that oversight was the ``chief corner stone of democracy which must be taken seriously by all concerned''.

According to him, oversight functions of the assembly cannot be taken as a mere routine as it was crucial to efficient service delivery.

The speaker also summoned a stakeholders meeting on the current strike by local government workers in the state to hold at the assembly on Oct. 2.

He said the legislature was stepping in to tackle issues responsible for the five months strike due to its negative effect on the workers and the economy of the state.

The speaker vowed that the assembly would ensure that all the issues in contention were solved.

Dabwan regretted that the impasse had lingered for too long and dragged the state's economy backward, adding that solving the issues would enhance peace in the troubled state.



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