President Goodluck Jonathan, flanked by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi (at his right) and Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima at (center of the picture), gestures as he speaks to internal displaced people from Bag ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Makurdi - The Benue House of Assembly has
passed the state’s 2015 appropriation bill of N97.9 billion into law.
The bill was passed at plenary in Makurdi on Thursday.
During plenary the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee,
Mr Ianna Jato, told the house that the recurrent expenditure was N59. 07
billion while capital expenditure was N38, 8 billion.
He said also that the budget had an inbuilt deficit of N7,
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The Speaker, Mr Terhile Ayua, who spoke after the passage
directed the Ministry of Finance to make releases to enable Ministries,
Departments and Agencies (MDAs) complete their ongoing projects.
Ayua further directed MDAs involved in extra-budgetary
expenditure to desist from such practices but rather to resort to supplementary
appropriation when the need arises.
The Deputy Speaker, Dr Stephen Onmeje, expressed regrets
that the budget was passed five months into the fiscal year, stressing that it
would make implementation difficult.
Onmeje, therefore, advised the executive to always submit
appropriation bills on time for speedy passage.