December 22 2023

Enugu 8th Assembly explains why it passed Gov. Mbah’s N521.5b 2024 budget without question

Enugu State House of Assembly has provided reasons it passed the N521.5 billion 2024 appropriation bill without any opposition.

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Recall that Governor Peter Mbah had, on December 5, presented the highest budget in Enugu State history to 8th Assembly, seeking quick consideration.

Then, barely three weeks it scaled through all legislative processes and hurdles and was passed yesterday.

In his remark, the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Uchenna Ugwu, implied the lawmakers’ faith in Mbah’s ability as the reason for expediting the bill despite the intimidating figures involved.

“Today, Members of the state House of Assembly performed their constitutional duty and have just passed this ‘Budget of Disruptive Economic Growth’ into law. It is now a working document for the executive arm of this government.

“The budget that has about 79 per cent capital expenditure and 21 per cent recurrent expenditure, with each sector of the economy like agriculture, education and the health sectors taking large portions of the funds, is capable of delivering prosperity to the people of Enugu State.

“I, therefore, enjoin the executive to try very hard to implement the content of their document. And I want to assure the people of this state that this House of Assembly is going to take our oversight functions very seriously.

“It is not going to be business as usual. We are going to ensure that every fund we have appropriated is put to judicious use.

“Let me also take this opportunity to thank our dear governor, Peter Mbah, for giving a lifeline to the economy of this state,” Ugwu said.

So far, Governor Peter Mbah has earned the trust of Enugu State residents through several bold actions, most salient of them including the breaking the jinx to fix the perennial water scarcity within six months and ending the obnoxious sit-at-home directive of the self-acclaimed Biafran fugitive, Simon Ekpa.


Posted December 22, 2023 by profW in category "Inside 042", "Politics +

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