The Kwara State House of Assembly has approved additional N2 billion to the N94.4 billion 2013 Appropriation Bill forwarded earlier to the House by Governor AbdulFattah Ahmed.
Presenting the new figure of N96.4 billion as the 2013 Apprpriation Bill for the Governor’s ascent, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable (Barrister) Rasak Atunwa, explained that the projected budgetary figure was increased from N94.4 billion to N96.4 billion because the Legislature was confident that the current drive in Internally Generated Revenue and other sources of revenue will generate the extra amount needed to run the budget.
Atunwa recalled that the State Legislature carried out oversight functions on 2012 projects, particularly the five general hospitals being rehabilitated, construction of Patigi to Kpada road, renovation of numerous classrooms in various schools and the construction of a new main water works in Share among others and commended the state government for its aggressive infrastructure development.
The Speaker commended the state government for its full implementation of the 2012 Budget.
He added that the bulk of the extra expenditure was placed on capital projects with the potentials of delivering further dividends to the people of the state.
Exercising the power conferred on him by the Constitution, Governor ( Dr) Abdulfatah Ahmed accordingly assented to the 2013 State Appropriation Bill of N96.4 billion.
Signing the Bill into law, the Governor pledged to implement provisions of the state financial estimate to the letter.
He also pledged to ensure speedy service delivery.
In his words, the Governor declared; “I want to make it clear that everything that has been captured in the Appropriation Law would be followed to the letter”.
He described the quick passage of the Appropriation Bill by the tate Legislature and his signing it into law as major strides towards service delivery to the people of Kwara State.
The Governor emphasized that his administration would continue to review the implementation of the budget to determine when and if there would be the need for a supplementary budget.
Dr. Ahmed commended the State Legislature for its oversight functions which he said serves as impetus to the executive on service delivery.
From Abioye Olarewaju, Ilorin