The Enugu State House of Assembly, Tuesday, passed the State’s 2018 appropriation bill, totally N103, 563, 500, 000 (one hundred and three billion, five-hundred and sixty-three million, five hundred thousand naira) into law.
Veloxnews reports that the budget has an additional increase of N5b to the ninety eight billion naira earlier proposed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The House said the increment, which is for capital expenditure, was to boost the State Government’s infrastructure development drive in the State.
Its passage came after a clause by clause consideration of the bill at the committee of the whole.
While thanking the members for the passage of the budget, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi expressed optimism that the budget would accelerate development in the State.
He stated that the budget figure was based on “economic indices and the expenditure framework, stressing that “oversight functions by the lawmakers will be taken seriously to ensure full implementation.”
“I commend all the members for their commitment towards the passage of this budget. However, I urge everybody to monitor the budget critically by way of oversight function to make sure that it is fully implemented.
“We commend the Governor because he has been following due process in his spendings. Even when there is need for virement, he does not do so without consulting the House”, Ubosi said.