By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Monday, passed into law 2021 appropriation bill of one hundred and fifteen billion, seven hundred and twenty two million, eight hundred and fourteen thousand, six hundred and forty three naira, thirty one kobo. (N115, 722, 814, 643.31k).
Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House announced the passage of the bill into law during proceeding in Lafia, the state capital.
Recall that on November 17th, 2020, governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, presented the 2021 budget proposal of one hundred and twelve billion, ninety two million naira only (N112. 92 billion) to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.
The 2021 budget, was also jerked up by the lawmakers by two billion, eight hundred million naira only (N2.8 billion) from the N112.92 billion presented to it for approval by governor Abdullahi Sule.
” It is very salient for the House to review some allocations due to their importance for example under the Nasarawa State University, the introduction of Engineering and medical school cause the increase of their allocation .
” This and many other factors necessitated the increase.
” A Bill for a law to Authorize the issue Out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the state (Appropriation) the sum of N115, 722, 814, 643.31k only for the services of Nasarawa State Government for the period of 12 months.
” Commencing from 1st January, 2021 and ending 31st December, 2021 read for the third term and passed.
“N53, 464,156, 917 only as recurrent expenditure and N55, 240,925,695 only as capital expenditure.
” The sum of N7,017,732,031 only as Consolidated Revenue funds Charges,” Balarabe Abdullahi said.
The speaker thanked the members for supporting and giving their much needed cooperation to allow the bill pass into third reading, and then directed the clerk of the House to produce a clean copy of the bill for governor’s assent.
Earlier, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon Tanko Tunga, moved a motion for the passage of the bill into law, which was seconded by Hon Danladi Jatau, the Minority Leader of the House.
After contributions from other members, the House unanimously passed the bill into law.