January 28, 2023

Plateau Assembly, Not a Rubber Stamp Assembly- Spokesman

The Chairman, Plateau State House of Assembly Committee on information, Naanlong Daniel has said the House under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda has been doing well in terms of legislative business as required by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The House spokesman who doubles as the Majority Leader of the 9th Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Rules and privileges was speaking shortly after the House approved the 2023 state budget of N149.9bn as against the N139.3bn presented to them by the State Governor, Simon Lalong on the 11 November, 2022.

He said “when a budget is presented before the floor… the house in her own wisdom would also look at it because it is not a rubber stamp house of Assembly, it means that we have the power to look into the envelope and we know what our people want. There are critical projects that we must not jettison no matter what happens.

“So those areas that have to do with capital projects, we have to step in to rescue some of the organizations in order to do their constitutional responsibility. So it’s in our place to look at the budget and see whether there is need for deductions or addition as the case may be.” the spokesman added.

Hon. Naanlong Daniel

He said the increase was done in good fate and for the interest of the state because the budget captured almost 90% of the projects that are still demanding government attention for completion, like the Lalong legacy projects and others.

In terms of performance, Naanlong said the 9th Assembly have performed exceedingly well in lawmaking and in providing democracy dividends under constituency projects to their respective constituents, particularly the most vulnerable in their various communities.

He noted that they have moved more motions, more matters of urgent public importance and have passed more bills compared to any assembly as recorded.

He mentioned the law establishing the PLASCHEMA, Land Grabbing Law, Anti Cultism Law, Revenue Consolidating Law among other laws as part of the achievements of the 9th Assembly.

He however, regretted the lost of 2 members in the 9th Assembly, Henry Longs of Pankshin South and Eric Dakogol of Qua’anpan North all of blessed memories.