The Nasarawa state House of Assembly has passed the bill for the establishment of Nasarawa State Public Procurement Commission.
The assembly passed the bill at plenary Wedneday in Lafia after the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Daniel Ogazi, moved a motion for the bill to scale third reading.
The Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, said the bill, if assented to by the governor, would ensure transparency and accountability in the purchase of goods and services by the state government.
Balarabe-Abdullahi said the bill would also ensure equitable distribution of resources amongst the ministries, departments and agencies in the state.
He commended the lawmakers for the passage and directed the Clerk of the House to produce clean copies of the bill for the governor’s assent.
Ogazi, who stood in for the Majority Leader, Alhaji Tanko Tunga, while moving the motion called on his colleagues to support his motion considering its importance to the state.
The Minority Leader, Mr Danladi Jatau (PDP- Kokona West), seconded the motion, which was unanimously accepted by other lawmakers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the assembly had to cut short its recess on December 31, 2019, for the second reading of the bill.
In a related development, a bill for a Law to amend the Nasarawa State Geographic Information Service (NAGIS) also scaled second reading.
The bill is being sponsored by Alhaji Agah Muluku (APC-Nassarawa Eggon East)
The speaker referred the bill to the House Standing Committee on Land for its report on Monday, April 20, 2020. (NAN)