The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 passed the 2016 appropriation bill of N79.3 billion into law, showing a marginal increase of N1.9 billion.
However, the passage of the proposed budget into law of the shows a two percent increase.
The Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, announced the passage of the bill during the house proceeding in Lafia after the House Committee Acting Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Sani Isah (APC-Obi 1) presented its reports on the 2016 budget.
The Majority Leader of the House, Mr.Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North) moved the motion for the speedy passage of the bill to enable the State Government deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
Tunga urged his colleagues to pass the bill to enable the government execute development projects for the benefit of the people of the state for the overall development of the country.
“The total amount approved is N79.301,850,598 billion comprising recurrent expenditure of N41,123,636,182 billion, representing 51.7 percent, and capital expenditure of N38,178,214,416 billion, representing 48.3 per cent, for the 2016 fiscal year.”
The Minority Leader of the House, Mohammed Alkali (PDP-Lafia North), seconded the motion for speedy passage of the bill.
Alkali said the passage of the bill will also enable the government to complete various ongoing projects and embark on new projects for the development of the state.
After listening to various contributions, the Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi directed the clerk to produce a clean copy of the bill for the governor's assent.
Abdullahi (APC-Umaisha/Ugya-), urged the executive to ensure proper implementation of the budget and prompt release of funds to various ministries and agencies for speedy development of the state.