Nigeria – The 2019 appropriation bill of N90.17 billion was on Wednesday passed into law with an increase of N3. 5bn by the state House Assembly.
The Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi announced this after the Majority Leader of the House, Tanko Tunga moved a motion for the passage of the Budget proposal during proceedings in Lafia.
Abdullahi explained that the increment of N3.5bn was to accommodate the Youth Empowerment Scheme sectorial allocation among others that were omitted during the budget presentation.
The House while passing the budget however recommended that viable on-ongoing and new projects be sustained and completed for the benefit of the people of the state.
He said, “Today, the House approved and passed a total budget of N90,170,246,463.52 only to be issued out from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
N51.029,581,277.52 only representing 57% for Recurrent Expenditure and N31,966,994,046 only which represents 35% is for Capital Expenditure.”
Abdullahi, who admonished the state government to block all loopholes especially in the area of revenue generation to achieve the desired objectives, however, called for the autonomy of the state Revenue Board to enhance their performance.
While tasking the executive on strict implementation of the budget, the speaker also tasked the executive on strict implementation of the budget provisions when assented into law.
Earlier, the leader of the House Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North and Peter Mbucho, PDP, Akwanga North had called for the support of the people of the state to enable government to provide the needed dividend of democracy to them.
Governor Al-Makura had on December 28th last year presented the 2019 budget proposal of N86.64billion only to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.
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