Gombe lawmakers promise to facilitate timely release of funds to health sector

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Lawmakers in Gombe State have assured the people of their readiness to facilitate timely release of funds allocated to the health sector.

The lawmakers gave the assurance in Gombe on Wednesday while addressing newsmen at a two-day workshop on budget analysis and tracking, organised by Mamaye Evidence for Action.

Mamaye Evidence for Action is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) advocating for improved maternal health in the state.

Dr Bature Gwani, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Gombe State House of Assembly, said the workshop was timely and promised to work with committee members to ensure that funds allocated for health were released early.

“Together with my committee members, we will work effectively to ensure allocation to the health sector is released when due.

“In spite of the financial crisis in the nation, we will do everything humanly possible on our part to ensure timely release,’’ he said.

Mr Solomon Josima, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, said the workshop came at the appropriate time.

“This is because we are preparing a supplementary budget and thereafter the 2018 budget,’’ he said.

Josima further said the legislature would ensure that the executive adhered strictly to budgetary provisions.

He also appealed to Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo to consider the health sector as a second priority after education.

Also, Malam Sani Jauro, Chairman, Gombe State Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), described the workshop as a great achievement.

“This is because all the stakeholders were brought together to discuss issues concerning budget in the state.

“This will go a long way in ensuring timely release, implementation and utilisation of funds,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mrs Esther Agbon, Health Finance and Advocacy Advisor, Mamaye Evidence for Action, said it was important for stakeholders to ascertain the relevance of budget to the needs of the people.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 35 persons, including legislators, members of CSOs, NGOs, as well as officials of the state ministry of health were in attendance. (NAN)

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