(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) -In a determined effort to ensure adherence to due process in the process leading to the passage of the N510 billion naira proposed expenditure in the 2018 financial year by Governor Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State, the Rivers State House of Assembly has Monday started scrutinising the proposals as presented by the Ministries, Agencies and Departments, MDAs.
A schedule on the 2018 Appropriation Bill Public Hearing/Defense Time Table issued by the Rules and Business Committee and signed by Hon. Martins Amaewhule, its chairman, indicated that the Ministries, Agencies and Departments of government would appear before the relevant standing committees of the house to defend their budget proposals from Monday, January 22, 2018, and that the exercise will continue until Wednesday, 24th January, 2018.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martins Amaewhule has hinted that the House was not under pressure to pass the 2018 Appropriation Bill, stressing that the lawmakers were taking steps to ensure that the proposal is scrutinised before passage.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday, the law maker further explained that, at the end of the budget defense by the Ministries, Agencies and Departments, reports of all the committees will be forwarded to the Appropriation Committee, who will then present the comprehensive report to the House for debate , amendments and passage.
In a related development, the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Education has proposed two Deputy Rectors for the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori .
Speaking while presenting the report of his committee last Friday, Hon. Fara Dagogo explained that their decision was informed by the finding that having two Rectors has become a standard practice in the polytechnics.
The committee also recommended that, Bori be retained as the name of the host community of the polytechnic in order to avoid acrimony in the area.