Social Investment Programme bill passes second reading at Kwara Assembly

A bill for a law establishing Kwara State Social Investment Programme on Thursday passed second reading at the Kwara House of Assembly.

The executive bill was sent to the assembly by Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq and sailed through the first reading during Wednesday’s plenary.

The News Agency of Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill, which was second since the 9th Assembly came on board, seeks to tackle poverty, ensure equitable distribution of resources and promote economic growth in the state

The motion for the the second reading was moved by the House Leader, Mr Abubakar Olawoyin-Magaji and seconded by Saheed Mohammed (APC-Patigi).

Leading the debate on the bill, Olawoyin-Magaji said the bill when passed into law would coordinate resources to tackle poverty in the state.

He added that the bill would ensure equitable distribution of wealth at all levels of development.

Other lawmakers, who contributed during the debate, called for proper monitoring of the fund to be earmarked for the programme to bring the desired result.

The Clerk of the House, Mrs Halimah Perogi, read the bill for the second time.

The Speaker, Mr Danladi Yakubu-Salihu referred the bill to a five man ad-hoc committee headed by Saheed Popoola (APC-Ojumu/Balogun) to organise public hearing on the bill and report back to the house in a two weeks. 

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