From Maurice Okafor, Enugu.
The Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly yesterday passed the 2018 appropriation bill of over N103 billion into law.
Governor Ugwuanyi had on December 28, 2017 presented a budget of N98, 563,500.00 to the house but was later adjusted to N103 billion with an increase of N5 billion, a change which the state assembly said resulted from a slight increase in the price of oil.
At yesterday’s sitting, the motion for further deliberation on the budget was moved by the leader of the Assembly, Hon Ikechukwu Ezeugwu and seconded by his Deputy, Hon Mrs Onyinye Ugwu.
Ezeugwu said the budget-size of N103, 563,500.00 tagged, budget of sustainable growth comprises of N60, 717, 024.00 recurrent expenditure representing about 62 per cent while the sum of N42, 846,476,000, marked for capital expenditure is worth 39 per cent of the total budget.
He explained that the extra N5 billion went to the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure making their budget N15 billion instead of N10B adding that the essence was to accommodate more rural roads in the state.
He said that the overall reflections in the budget evidently show that the state government had the interest and welfare of its people in mind.
He said that the current economic situation in the country, where most states are battling with payment of salaries and other welfare packages, “Our Governor has sustained regular payment on salaries and on time. This apparent interest by the governor in paying his workers is happily reflected in this year’s budget alongside the other numerous projects which the present administration is embarking on” he said.
While expressing joy, the Speaker of the Assembly Hon Edward Ubosi, thanked the Deputy speaker, the Leader and the Chairman Assembly Committee on Appropriation for the wonderful job they did to ensure that the budget saw the light of the day.