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Sokoto gets Fiscal Responsibility Act, as SOHA passes law to integrate revenue

Sokoto state House of Assembly (SOHA) has enacted a law to provide for the establishment of a Fiscal Responsibility Agency and for other Connected Purposes (FRAC).

The House signed into law FRAC at its plenary presided over by the day’s Deputy Speaker Abubakar Magaji on Tuesday.

SOHA also signed a law to integrate, harmonize and consolidate all revenues accruing to government ministries, departments and agencies; in order to enable it generate sufficient revenue that could be ploughed into social service and economic growth in the state.

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The enactment of both laws, which took effect December 31, 2019 and signed by the Clerk to SOHA, Abdulrazak Shehu, followed the presentation of two reports regarding the establishment of FRAC and the need to enact the law on revenue integration to the House by Hon. Ahmed Mohammed Malami member representing Sokoto South II constituency.

Section 2 (vii) of the preliminary provisions of FRAC stipulates that when the agency comes on stream it will “provide full, accurate and timely disclosure of financial information relating to the activities of the Government and it’s agencies that is ensuring transparency and accountability.”

Equally, sub-section (viii) of the preliminary provision stated that FRAC shall “manage risk faced by the State prudently, having regard to economic circumstances.”

Meanwhile, the revenue integration law, according to its ‘explanatory memorandum’ is to “codify and consolidate various laws relating to the taxes, levies and revenues in the state and establish the Sokoto State Internal Revenue Service.”