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KWHA passes bill for law to regulate contracts into second reading



speaker 2A Bill to ensure due process, transparency, competitiveness and check corrupt practices in the award of contracts in Kwara State has passed through second reading at the floor of the State House of Assembly.

Tagged: ” Kwara State Public Procurement Agency and for Connected Purposes”, when passed into law by the Legislature, the bill will give legal backing to the establishment of the agency that would be regulating award of contracts above N 100 million in the state.

Leading other members in the debate on the significance of the bill, the Leader of the House, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, said the executive bill, in view of the prevailing condition in the Country, would help to ensure perfection and competitiveness in the way of doing things by the state government.

A Member representing Oke-Ogun Constituency, Barr Kamaldeen Fagbemi, who traced the origin of the bill to United Kingdom in 1924 said bill when passed into law, would among other things ensure prudence and accountability in governance in the State.

Members representing  Ilorin North West, Ekiti, Ojomu/ Balogun and Oke Ero Constituencies Hon Abdul Rafiu AbdulRahman, Mrs Ebun Owolabi, Prince Saheed Popoola and Hon Bunmi Afolayan expressed confidence that the bill would ensure value for money, promotes Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and quality service delivery in the State.

However, a member representing Owode/ Onire Constituency, Hon AbdulRasheed Taiwo Abdullahi urged members to critically look into the issue of threshold of N 100 million, while mobilization of Contractors he said should also be  embedded in the bill to properly strengthen the anti corruption institution in the State.

Speaking on the bill, the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad who directed the Clerk to the House, Alhaji Ahmed Katsina Mohammad to read the bill for the Second time, committed the bill to the joint committee of Finance and Appropriation, Ethics and Privileges and Judiciary for further legislative activities which according to him should include Public hearing to harvest public opinions on the bill.

Dr Ahmad who noted that the bill was non discriminatory, enhances good governance, said the fear of contract splitting and emergency award of contracts, have been addressed by the Supreme Court.

The Speaker expressed confidence that the bill would further strengthen anti corruption Processes and Institutions in the State and enjoined the people of the State to make inputs on the bill, to have a practicable and enduring anti corruption law in the State.

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